- Dully painful.
- Full of painful yearning or sorrow: an aching heart.
- Present participle of ache.
Variant of ache
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
a dull, continuous pain
Origin of acheME < OE ece, æce < the v.