- aileron roll,
Origin of ailing
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ail
Examples from the Web for ailing
He was, however, also caught up in the tumult of his ailing marriage to Ava Gardner.The Week in Death: George Jacobs, Sinatra’s Domestic Confidant|The Telegraph|February 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was wonderful, with Laura Linney, as a burdened brother and sister looking after an ailing parent in The Savages (2007).
So perhaps it is time to ask—what other part of the body politic might be ailing?The Pain Is Not the Problem: How to Fix America’s Health-Care Crisis|Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor, Elizabeth Bradley, Lauren Taylor|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Only many years later does his full story emerge, when the narrator returns from Paris to visit her ailing uncle.
Recently, he slipped up to Kennebunkport, Maine, from London just to check in on George Bush, his ailing friend.
It was true she had given trouble, but she was old, feeble, and ailing.Glimpses into the Abyss|Mary Higgs
Indeed I know nothing that is more admirable than the story of their care for the ailing poor.The Century of Columbus|James J. Walsh
I could not imagine, at the time, what was ailing me, but I had a feeling of some impending and deadly illness.Moon-Face and Other Stories|Jack London
If no physician can be secured, then ailing people may use these rules as well as the healthy.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh
I will relate an experience of that sad time, when my mother was ailing.The Forest Farm|Peter Rosegger
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]