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[ey-king] /ˈeɪ kɪŋ/
causing physical pain or distress:
treatment for an aching back.
full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc.
Origin of aching
Middle English word dating back to 1200-1250; See origin at ache, -ing2
Related forms
achingly, adverb
unaching, adjective
unachingly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Of the hushed rise of the dawn, the first flush of the sun that was so achingly lovely on the desert.

  • In these days his religious faith was not slumbering; it was awake and achingly conscious of having fallen in a struggle.

  • The crystals sang softly, achingly, to a silver sun in an emerald sky.

    Felony James Causey
  • The box goes up to the attic, and the parent blows a faint diminuendo, achingly prolonged, on a toy horn.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley
  • She put her hand above her burning eyes and forcibly closed the lids that remained so achingly open.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann

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