1. A sudden sharp bodily pain: hunger pangs. See Synonyms at pain.
2. A sudden sharp feeling of emotional distress: a pang of guilt.
intr.v. panged, pang·ing, pangs
1. To feel sharp bodily pains.
2. To feel pangs of distress.
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