verb \ˈāk\

: to produce a dull continuous pain : to hurt in a way that is constant but not severe

: to want or desire something or someone very much


Full Definition of ACHE

intransitive verb
a :  to suffer a usually dull persistent pain <an aching back>
b :  to become distressed or disturbed (as with anxiety or regret) <aching with sadness>
c :  to feel compassion <my heart aches for those poor people>
:  to experience a painful eagerness or yearning <he is aching to go>

Examples of ACHE

  1. Her muscles were aching from shoveling snow.
  2. After running the marathon, his body ached for a week.
  3. The candy's so sweet that it makes my teeth ache.

Origin of ACHE

Middle English aken, from Old English acan
First Known Use: before 12th century



: a pain that is not sharp but continues for a long time

Full Definition of ACHE

:  a usually dull persistent pain
:  a condition marked by aching

Examples of ACHE

  1. He had a dull ache in his back from lifting boxes all day.
  2. <a dull pounding ache in his head>

First Known Use of ACHE

before 12th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic


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