aching

adjective
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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Examples of aching in a Sentence

another one of those aching country songs about a woman who done him wrong
Recent Examples on the Web Backed by a spare beat and atmospheric choir, the 23-year-old R&B star sings with a soulfully aching, yearning voice and adds potent spoken-word passages about generations of pain, fear and anxiety. Jon Bream Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Best music of the worst year: Our music critics' favorite albums and songs of 2020," 17 Dec. 2020 Hansen was back at work at GCI on Friday with some aching muscles and a new goal. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With ultramarathon in Utah canceled, Anchorage runner completes 100K back home instead," 3 May 2020 In the wistful second movement, Mr. Harrell balanced aching lyricism with clearheaded directness. BostonGlobe.com, "Lynn Harrell, acclaimed American cellist, is dead at 76," 2 May 2020 Hayward brings a wonderful, aching intensity to Iris, who visibly and authentically transforms upon this first attempt, by anybody, to understand her. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "To the Stars is a tender, heartbreaking coming-of-age story: Review," 24 Apr. 2020 Yudi Ela for The New York Times On Mondays, the day most ballet dancers spend soaking their aching feet, Skylar Brandt, a soloist at American Ballet Theater, takes a different route. New York Times, "Skylar Brandt: A Ballerina Invests in Herself," 6 Feb. 2020 About two weeks after my first symptoms, my breathing is back to normal, the aching cough is mostly a memory and I’m left with a little tickle in the back of my throat. Bruce Gelb, Time, "The Coronavirus Sidelined Me From My Work as a Doctor. Soon I'll Be Back on the Frontlines," 27 Mar. 2020 For Sister Jean, a fan who has memories of watching the national tournament with fellow nuns in the 1940s, the cancellation meant an aching heart on behalf of the players and coaches who were set to experience the event, possibly for the first time. Jeff Arnold, New York Times, "In a Time of Need, We Turn to Sister Jean," 6 Apr. 2020 The Yellow House’s destruction, first by the flood then by the city’s demolition of what remained, and the subsequent diaspora of her family, left Broom with an aching sense of absence. Lauren Leblanc, The Atlantic, "How to Write the Book No One Wants You to Write," 25 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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30 Dec 2020

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“Aching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aching. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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