- Dully painful.
- Full of painful yearning or sorrow: an aching heart.
- achˈing·ly adverb
Variant of ache
- to have or give dull, steady pain
- to feel sympathy, pity, etc. (for)
- Informal to yearn or long: with for or an infinitive
Origin: orig. ake < ME aken < OE acan, akin to LowG äken, to smart & MDu akel, sorrow, shame < IE base *agos-, fault, guilt, sin: sp. ache through confusion with the n.
Origin: ME < OE ece, æce < the v.
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