verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ail
Examples from the Web for ails
A libertarian foreign policy is the only cure for what ails us abroad.After Bipartisan Bush-Obama Blundering, Let’s Try a Libertarian Foreign Policy|Nick Gillespie|July 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If America is fortunate, the economy will continue to improve, while the 2016 campaign will focus on what ails the country.
In the long run, taking the pain now might just be the best medicine for the rot of hyper-partisanship that ails our body politic.
John Avlon on the rot of hyper-partisanship that ails our body politic.
From The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin.How to Cure Your Anxiety? Read Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ Of Course.|Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkind|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"I don't know what ails that child," confessed puzzled Dr. Bennett.The Adopting of Rosa Marie|Carroll Watson Rankin
"You're played out, starved and all used up—that's what ails you," exclaimed Dick sympathetically.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley|H. Irving Hancock
But something else ails a lot of 'em all the way from Constantinople to London.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II|Burton J. Hendrick
Then her husband was alarmed, and asked, "What ails you, dear wife?"Grimm's Fairy Stories|Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
I will tell her I know not what ails thee, that thou art falling sick, perchance.Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi|Michael White
British Dictionary definitions for ails
Word Origin for ail
Word Origin and History for ails
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]