ache, aching

(noun) a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain

ache, yearn, yen, pine, languish

(verb) have a desire for something or someone who is not present; “She ached for a cigarette”; “I am pining for my lover”

hurt, ache, suffer

(verb) feel physical pain; “Were you hurting after the accident?”

ache, smart, hurt

(verb) be the source of pain

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


ache (third-person singular simple present aches, present participle aching, simple past (obsolete) oke or ached, past participle (obsolete) aken or ached)

(intransitive) To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.

(transitive, literary, rare) To cause someone or something to suffer pain.


ache (plural aches)

Continued dull pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain.

Etymology 2


ache (plural aches)

(obsolete) parsley

Etymology 3

Representing the pronunciation of the letter H.


ache (plural aches)

Rare spelling of aitch.


• Aceh, Chae, Chea, HACE, each, hace

Proper noun


A language spoken by the Yi people of South-Western China.


• Aceh, Chae, Chea, HACE, each, hace

Source: Wiktionary

Ach, Ache, n. Etym: [F. ache, L. apium parsley.]

Definition: A name given to several species of plants; as, smallage, wild celery, parsley. [Obs.] Holland.

Ache, n. Etym: [OE. ache, AS. æce, ece, fr. acan to ache. See Ache, v. i.]

Definition: Continued pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain. "Such an ache in my bones." Shak.

Note: Often used in composition, as, a headache, an earache, a toothache.

Ache, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ached; p. pr. & vb. n. Aching.] Etym: [OE. aken, AS. acan, both strong verbs, AS. acan, imp. oc, p. p. acen, to ache; perh. orig. to drive, and akin to agent.]

Definition: To suffer pain; to have, or be in, pain, or in continued pain; to be distressed. "My old bones ache." Shak. The sins that in your conscience ache. Keble.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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