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interjection German.
  1. alas; oh.
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  1. automated clearinghouse.
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  1. acetylcholine.
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Examples from the Web for ach

Historical Examples

  • "Ach, no," said he humbly; for he could not look upon my face and hold his anger.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • "Ach, Frulein, please do not leave us—and the fire," he added; for Dorothy had risen.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Mrs. Hermann would glance at me quickly, emit slight "Ach's!"


    Joseph Conrad

  • "Ach, no," chimed in husband and wife together as soon as they understood.

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Now, if you will follow me a few paces to ze right, here… Ach!

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

British Dictionary definitions for ach


  1. Scot an expression of surprise, impatience, disgust, etcAlso: och
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Word Origin and History for ach


aspirated form of ah; in English often used to represent German or Celtic speech.

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ach in Medicine


  1. acetylcholine
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