aching

[ ey-king ]
/ ˈeɪ kɪŋ /

adjective

causing physical pain or distress: treatment for an aching back.
full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc.

Origin of aching

Middle English word dating back to 1200–1250; see origin at ache, -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM aching

ach·ing·ly, adverbun·ach·ing, adjectiveun·ach·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for aching (2 of 2)

ache
[ eyk ]
/ eɪk /

verb (used without object), ached, ach·ing.

to have or suffer a continuous, dull pain: His whole body ached.
to feel great sympathy, pity, or the like: Her heart ached for the starving animals.
to feel eager; yearn; long: She ached to be the champion. He's just aching to get even.

noun

a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or sporadic pain).

Origin of ache

before 900; (v.) Middle English aken, Old English acan; perhaps metaphoric use of earlier unattested sense “drive, impel” (compare Old Norse aka, cognate with Latin agere, Greek ágein); (noun) derivative of the v.

synonym study for ache

4. See pain.
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British Dictionary definitions for aching

ache
/ (eɪk) /

verb (intr)

to feel, suffer, or be the source of a continuous dull pain
to suffer mental anguish

noun

a continuous dull pain

Derived forms of ache

aching, adjectiveachingly, adverb

Word Origin for ache

Old English ācan (vb), æce (n), Middle English aken (vb), ache (n). Compare bake, batch
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Medical definitions for aching

ache
[ āk ]

n.

A dull persistent pain.

v.

To suffer a dull, sustained pain.
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