- 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.
intransitive verbached, aching
- to have or give dull, steady pain
- to feel sympathy, pity, etc. (for)
- Informal 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 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 of acheME < OE ece, æce < the v.
intransitive verbached ached, 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.
(third-person singular simple present aches, present participle aching, simple past ached or (obsolete) oke, past participle ached or (obsolete) aken)
- (intransitive) To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.
- (literary, rare) To cause someone or something to suffer pain.
- Continued dull pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain.
From Middle English aken (verb), and ache (noun), from Old English acan (verb) (from Proto-Germanic *akaną (“to be bad, be evil”)) and æċe (noun) (from Proto-Germanic *akiz), both from Proto-Indo-European *ag- (“sin, crime”). Cognate with Low German aken, achen, äken (“to hurt, to ache”), North Frisian akelig, æklig (“terrible, miserable, sharp, intense”), West Frisian aaklik (“nasty, horrible, dismal, dreary”), Dutch akelig (“nasty, horrible”). The noun was originally pronounced as spelled, with a palatized ch sound (compare batch, from bake); the verb was originally strong, conjugating for tense like take (e.g. I ake, I oke, I have aken), but gradually became weak during Middle English. Historically the verb was spelled ake, and the noun ache. The verb came to be spelled like the noun when Samuel Johnson mistakenly assumed that it derived from Ancient Greek ἄχος (áchos, “pain”) due to the similarity in form and meaning of the two words.
- (obsolete) Parsley.
- (rare) A variant spelling of aitch.
Representing the pronunciation of the letter H.