This woman has an ache in her back from gardening.
- The definition of an ache is a pain or feeling of discomfort, usually one that is steady and long lasting.
An example of an ache would be a backache from working in the garden.
- An ache is defined as a feeling of sadness or of wanting something very badly.
- An example of an ache is the feeling of homesickness a child has when he is away at camp.
- An example of an ache is the longing of a woman who really wants a baby.
- Ache means to feel persistent sadness, pain, discomfort or desire, either physically or mentally.
- An example of an ache is feeling a sore, broken ankle.
- An example of an ache is feeling a very strong desire for a baby.
- An example of an ache is feeling very sad when your girlfriend dumps you.
intransitive verbached, ach′ing
- to have or give dull, steady pain
- to feel sympathy, pity, etc. (for)
- to yearn or long: with for or an infinitive
Origin of acheorigin, originally ake from Middle English aken from Old English acan, akin to Low German äken, to smart and Middle Dutch akel, sorrow, shame from Indo-European base an unverified form agos-, fault, guilt, sin: spelling, spelled ache through confusion with the noun
a dull, continuous pain
Origin of acheME < OE ece, æce < the v.
intransitive verbached, ach·ing, aches
- To suffer a dull, sustained pain.
- To feel sympathy or compassion: ached for his heartbroken friend.
- To yearn or long: refugees who ached for their homeland.
- A dull, steady pain. See Synonyms at pain.
- A painful sorrow.
- A longing or desire.
Origin of acheMiddle English aken from Old English acan
- A language spoken by the Yi people of South-Western China.