[ ey-ling ]
/ ˈeɪ lɪŋ /


sickly; unwell.
unsound or troubled: a financially ailing corporation.

Origin of ailing

First recorded in 1590–1600; ail + -ing2

Definition for ailing (2 of 2)


[ eyl ]
/ eɪl /

verb (used with object)

to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.

verb (used without object)

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

Can be confused

ale ail awl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ailing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈeɪlɪŋ) /


unwell or unsuccessful

British Dictionary definitions for ailing (2 of 2)


/ (eɪl) /


(tr) to trouble; afflict
(intr) to feel unwell

Word Origin for ail

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