\ ˈā-kē How to pronounce achy (audio) \
achier; achiest

Definition of achy

: afflicted with aches feeling tired and achy

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Other Words from achy

achiness noun

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Examples of achy in a Sentence

unable to play in tomorrow's football game because of an achy right knee
Recent Examples on the Web Given his broken finger, his fragile knees, his sore back and achy feet, not to mention his chronic agita, Bryant can't sit in a car for two hours. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "The Sikorsky S-76B was built to carry VIPs like Kobe Bryant. Here's what we know about the helicopter," 28 Jan. 2020 Post-bath, spread a few drops of the GingerChi oil — infused with warming ginger — between your palms and massage any achy spots to bring heat to the area and break up any remaining stiffness. New York Times, "The T List: Four Things We Recommend This Week," 26 Mar. 2020 Damian Lillard stood in front of his corner locker Friday night at the Moda Center, muscles achy, body drained, mind exhausted, and contemplated the future of the Western Conference semifinals. oregonlive, "Remembering classic Portland Trail Blazers games: Blazers outlast Denver Nuggets in 4-overtime ‘roller coaster’," 24 Mar. 2020 Allowing your low back to arch (or, to be more technical, allowing your pelvis to tip forward as your core disengages in certain movements), can lead to a very common achy complaint: low back pain. Amy Eisinger, M.a., SELF, "Core Strength Workout With Tabata Finisher," 31 Dec. 2019 Post-bath, spread a few drops of the GingerChi oil — infused with warming ginger — between your palms and massage any achy spots to bring heat to the area and break up any remaining stiffness. New York Times, "How to Run a Bath That Feels Like a Spa Treatment," 20 Mar. 2020 When to Use the Elliptical The elliptical is an excellent low-impact cardio option for overtrained, achy joints. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "The Elliptical vs. the Treadmill: Which Is Better for You?," 12 Feb. 2020 Since a quiet return from an achy knee on Jan. 14, Nance has erupted. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Koby Altman, before joining NBA, once sent angry e-mail over Kobe Bryant suspension: Fedor’s five observations," 29 Jan. 2020 Swap out the five different heads to focus on problem areas such as myofascial pain, achy joints, or your spine. Popular Science, "Four handheld power massagers for athletes and desk workers," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of achy

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achy

ache entry 2 + -y entry 1

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2 Jun 2020

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“Achy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/achy. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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\ ˈā-kē How to pronounce achy (audio) \
achier; achiest

Medical Definition of achy

: affected with aches

Other Words from achy

achiness noun

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