interjection German.

alas; oh.


automated clearinghouse.


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Examples from the Web for ach

Historical Examples of ach

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

  • "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



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



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