verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- aiken, conrad,
- ailanthus silkworm,
- aileron roll
Origin of ail
Examples from the Web for ailed
It would be impossible to cure all that ailed the GOP in the course of a single calendar year.
Her hysterical caresses awakened him and the little fellow could not understand what ailed his mother.Bengal Dacoits and Tigers|Maharanee Sunity Devee
Margery wondered what ailed them, till she remembered about John's "wood-collecting" evidence, and blushed suddenly at her folly.The House by the River|A. P. Herbert
Then Gunnar besought her to be comforted and to show what ailed her, but for a long while he might win no word in answer.The Story of Sigurd the Volsung|William Morris
Word Origin for ail
c.1300, from Old English eglan "to trouble, plague, afflict," from Proto-Germanic *azljaz (cf. Old English egle "hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;" Gothic agls "shameful, disgraceful," agliþa "distress, affliction, hardship," us-agljan "to oppress, afflict"), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid." Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? ... Thus we never say, a fever ails him. [Johnson]