[ eyl ]
See synonyms for: ailailedailingails on

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to: Inside our own bodies lies the most powerful cure for what ails us—our immune systems.He thinks lowering taxes is the answer to all that ails our economy.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be unwell; feel pain; be ill: He's been ailing for some time.

Origin of ail

before 950; Middle English ail, eilen,Old English eglan to afflict (cognate with Middle Low German egelen annoy, Gothic -agljan), derivative of egle painful; akin to Gothic agls shameful, Sanskrit aghám evil, pain

Other words for ail

Words that may be confused with ail Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ail in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for ail


/ (eɪl) /

  1. (tr) to trouble; afflict

  2. (intr) to feel unwell

Origin of ail

Old English eglan to trouble, from egle troublesome, painful, related to Gothic agls shameful

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