verb (used without object), ached, ach·ing.
Origin of ache
Examples from the Web for ache
Around 3am, my spindly legs are beginning to ache from balancing on deck, as we heel with each tack.
But the ache got worse and worse and the next time I fell I couldn't pick him up again, so I dragged him home by the leg.
I moved him from one shoulder to the other, trying to get rid of the ache in the muscles.
I miss it with an ache every day of my life, and I fear for the family I have in the Negev, where Palestinian rockets land.
If you've occupied the different points on a romantic triangle, your heart might ache just a bit thinking about these three.
He stood up and shook himself to ease the ache of his muscles.The Sea Bride|Ben Ames Williams
Somewhere in his bag, he should have an anodyne tablet that would kill any ache.Badge of Infamy|Lester del Rey
"Ah, you set your dogs on beggars," said Gaspard, who still felt an ache in his shins.Bolax|Josephine Culpeper
Yes, your eyes grow more fixed every day—you—you—your head, does it ache, dear?Last Words|Stephen Crane
They ache for an opportunity to show their zeal and their strength.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1|Samuel J. Tilden
Word Origin for ache
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.).