Ail meaning

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To be in poor health, esp. over a period of time.
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The definition of ail is to feel sick or have pain.

An example of ail is for an older person to have poor health.

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To feel ill or have pain.

Has been ailing for weeks.

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To cause physical or mental pain or uneasiness to; trouble.
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To be the cause of pain or distress to; trouble.
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(obsolete) Painful; troublesome.
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To cause to suffer; to trouble, afflict. (Now chiefly in interrogative or indefinite constructions.)

Have some chicken soup. It's good for what ails you.

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(intransitive) To be ill; to suffer; to be troubled.
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The awn of barley or other types of corn.
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Origin of ail

  • Middle English eilen from Old English eglian from egle troublesome

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English eyle, eile, from Old English eġle (“hideous, loathsome, hateful, horrid, troublesome, grievous, painful”), from Proto-Germanic *agluz (“cumbersome, tedious, burdensome, tiresome”), from Proto-Indo-European *agʰlo-, *agʰ- (“offensive, disgusting, repulsive, hateful”). Cognate with Gothic (aglus, “hard, difficult”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English eġlan, eġlian (“to trouble, afflict”), cognate with Gothic (agljan, “to distress”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English eġl.

    From Wiktionary