ach·​ing | \ ˈā-kiŋ How to pronounce aching (audio) \

Definition of aching

1 : that aches an aching back
2 : causing or reflecting distress, deep emotion, or longing aching country ballads

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another one of those aching country songs about a woman who done him wrong
Recent Examples on the Web There would be no provocative politics or unseemly images; just snazzy matching outfits and unforgettable, surging sounds aching with longing and incandescent with joy. Peter Keough,, "Motown remembered, Halston refashioned, a rising star fallen," 15 Aug. 2019 Eventually, with aching slowness, yet tirelessly, steadily, the roots are coaxed to entwine, to form the struts and supports for living footbridges that can hold up to 50 people at a time. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Living tree bridges in India stand strong for hundreds of years," 11 Nov. 2019 First, new customers are led to creams and are given the opportunity to rub some on aching joints and other sore spots. Lila Seidman, Glendale News-Press, "Local ‘witch doctor’ aims to cure what ails you at his Montrose CBD store," 27 Sep. 2019 Dulce María Jiménez said Carlos had gotten sick on a Monday night with a fever and aching body. Washington Post, "Central America’s dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras," 20 Sep. 2019 Dulce María Jiménez said Carlos had gotten sick on a Monday night with a fever and aching body. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Central America’s dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras," 19 Sep. 2019 Out there on the winding path, closer every day, was Ronald Sanchez Jr., tough and hopeful and kind and aching, deep into his own journey. Evan Allen,, "The twisted, fatal journey of the accused Appalachian Trail killer," 25 May 2019 Easing her aching feet will mean improving her speed, and improved speed means a high enough rating that she won’t be fired. Eliot Schrefer, USA TODAY, "Embrace the Cloud: Rob Hart chills with dystopian thriller ‘The Warehouse’," 21 Aug. 2019 In a story arc that adds aching poignancy, Donna Migliaccio packs humor and solidity into landlady Fräulein Schneider, who is wooed by Herr Schultz, a gentle Jewish fruit merchant. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "In this Kit Kat Klub, there’s a little less sleaze but just enough sizzle," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of aching

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aching

Middle English aking, from present participle of aken "to ache entry 1"

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The first known use of aching was in the 13th century

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5 Dec 2019

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“Aching.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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