aching

[ ey-king ]
/ ˈeɪ kɪŋ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. achillotomy,
  2. achimaas,
  3. achimelech,
  4. achimenes,
  5. achinese,
  6. achingly,
  7. achinsk,
  8. achiote,
  9. achiral,
  10. achish

Origin of aching

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

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

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

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 Formsaching, 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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Word Origin and History for aching
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Medicine definitions for aching

ache

[ āk ]

n.

A dull persistent pain.

v.

To suffer a dull, sustained pain.

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