At this instant the chief surgeon was beginning to feel the injured thigh and point out to the pupils the extent of the ail.
O, what can ail thee, knight at arms, So haggard and so woe-begone?
After ail, this was the point for the sake of which those laborious investigations had been undertaken.
Weel, maybe I was thinkin' hoo I wad leuk at her gin onything did ail her.
Adjectives in ail derived from Nouns; as, from fear man, fearail manful; from caraid a friend, cairdail contr.
The adult ram is signified by the word "ayil," or "ail," and the ewe by "rakal."
Abe Hardin', for heaven's sakes, can't you pick up your moorin's, or what does ail you?
No, nothing might ail him bodily; but mentally—ah, how much!
O souls what ail thee, its envy's dark cloud broader than the earth, and deeper than the sea.
His shin and his knee are hardly to be seen to ail any thing.
c.1300, from Old English eglan "to trouble, plague, afflict," from Proto-Germanic *azljaz (cf. Old English egle "hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;" Gothic agls "shameful, disgraceful," agliþa "distress, affliction, hardship," us-agljan "to oppress, afflict"), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid." Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? ... Thus we never say, a fever ails him. [Johnson]