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
Related formsach·ing·ly, adverbun·ach·ing, adjectiveun·ach·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for achingly

achingly, sorely

Examples from the Web for achingly

Contemporary Examples of achingly

Historical Examples of achingly

  • Of the hushed rise of the dawn, the first flush of the sun that was so achingly lovely on the desert.

  • In these days his religious faith was not slumbering; it was awake and achingly conscious of having fallen in a struggle.

  • The crystals sang softly, achingly, to a silver sun in an emerald sky.


    James Causey

  • The box goes up to the attic, and the parent blows a faint diminuendo, achingly prolonged, on a toy horn.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley

  • She put her hand above her burning eyes and forcibly closed the lids that remained so achingly open.

    A Sheaf of Corn

    Mary E. Mann