- 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.
This woman has an ache in her back from gardening.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to have or give dull, steady pain
- to feel sympathy, pity, etc. (for)
- Informal to yearn or long: with for or an infinitive
Origin: origin, originally ake ; from Middle English aken ; from Old English acan, akin to Low German äken, to smart and amp; Middle Dutch akel, sorrow, shame ; from Indo-European base an unverified form agos-, fault, guilt, sin: spelling, spelled ache through confusion with the noun
Origin: ME < OE ece, æce < the v.
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intransitive verb ached ached, ach·ing, aches
- To suffer a dull, sustained pain.
- To feel sympathy or compassion.
- To yearn painfully: refugees who ached for their homeland.
- A dull, steady pain. See Synonyms at pain.
- A longing or desire; a yen.
- A painful sorrow.
Origin: Middle English aken, from Old English acan.
ache - Medical Definition