I knew her—she was one of the ladies who invited me to tea because she ached to have children in her life.
Mr. Bro'nsill he allus pulls my teeth, and dey nebber has been one what ached as bad as dis.'
But in those days of reading-classes her heart had not ached.
And the heart of the old man yearned toward him and ached bitterly for him.
It was long; it was irksome; he ached all through with the effort but still he persisted.
Baby as I was, I had ached in the agonizing cold of a pioneer winter.
His heart sent the blood into his throat till it ached with the tension.
I ached to speak to him, and still we remained silent and apart.
"If her heart had ached as mine does, she couldn't," Marion told herself.
From head to foot he ached with weariness, and he felt wretchedly sick.
Old English acan "to ache, suffer pain," from Proto-Germanic *akanan, perhaps from a PIE root *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Sanskrit and Greek, perhaps imitative of groaning. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (as in speak/speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Greek origin (specifically Greek akhos "pain, distress," which is rather a distant relation of awe (n.)). Related: Ached; aching.
early 15c., æche, from Old English æce, from Proto-Germanic *akiz, from same source as ache (v.).
A dull persistent pain. v. ached, ach·ing, aches
To suffer a dull, sustained pain.