achy

[ ey-kee ]
/ ˈeɪ ki /

adjective, ach·i·er, ach·i·est.

having or causing an aching sensation: an achy back.

Nearby words

  1. achromobacter,
  2. achromocyte,
  3. achromycin,
  4. achsah,
  5. achtung,
  6. achylia,
  7. acicula,
  8. acicular,
  9. acicularity,
  10. acicularly

Origin of achy

First recorded in 1870–75; ache + -y1

Related formsach·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for achiness

achy

/ (ˈeɪkɪ) /

adjective achier or achiest

affected by a continuous dull pain; aching
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Word Origin and History for achiness

achy

adj.

1875, first recorded in George Eliot's letters, from ache + -y (2). Middle English had akeful "painful" (early 15c.). Related: Achily; achiness.

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