[eyl-muh nt]


a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature.

Origin of ailment

First recorded in 1700–10; ail + -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ailment

Contemporary Examples of ailment

Historical Examples of ailment

  • There would be visible evidence of the ailment, and cure could be proved.

  • I did not, however, understand that the oxen got their ailment from the Missourians.

    A Gold Hunter's Experience

    Chalkley J. Hambleton

  • Diego must know of his ailment, and why he had to go to Oostpoort.


    Charles Louis Fontenay

  • I daresay I do, and I wish to God it was only this raxed arm that was the worst of my ailment.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Let it be remembered that every change in a life habit is the beginning of an ailment.

British Dictionary definitions for ailment



a slight but often persistent illness
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Word Origin and History for ailment

1706, from ail + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ailment in Medicine




A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness.
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