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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Synonyms & Antonyms for aching


achy, afflictive, hurting, nasty, painful, sore


indolent, painless

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Examples of aching in a Sentence

another one of those aching country songs about a woman who done him wrong

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Her body is in full revolt, from her aching jaw to her fallen arches. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Darkly Comic Novel Stares Down a Life of Solitude," 22 May 2018 On a recent day, one huge steer languished in the ranch’s infirmary with an herb pack applied to an aching knee. Oliver Griffin, WSJ, "Like Your Steak Aged 36 Months? Try 17 Years," 10 July 2018 Digging in the dirt and heaving equipment in blistering heat produces aching backs and raw hands. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "With Jobs to Fill, Businesses Play the Visa Lottery," 27 June 2018 When placed on an aching tooth, the seed would ease pain. Mari A. Schaefer,, "Should you eat the avocado pit?," 25 June 2018 In the other room, a South Korean volunteer quizzed Yunes Melhi Naji, a 27-year-old waiting for a free dental check for an aching molar. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "How hundreds of Yemenis fleeing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis ended up on a resort island in South Korea," 22 June 2018 In an aching silence, the family members of slain Wyandotte County Deputies Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer in the front rows of a candlelight vigil Sunday night wrapped their arms together more tightly. Joe Robertson And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "'Hungering for goodness and justice': Mourners gather in KCK to honor slain deputies," 17 June 2018 That’s because Robert Cornelius, who plays the king, is so suffused with aching mortality. Chris Jones,, "At Gift, a 'Hamlet' with all kinds of ambition," 13 June 2018 There’s this horrible, aching thing about heartbreak. New York Times, "52 Hours at Breakup Boot Camp," 2 June 2018

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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