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
Origin of acheME < OE ece, æce < the v.