ach·​ing·​ly | \ ˈā-kiŋ-lē How to pronounce achingly (audio) \

Definition of achingly

1 : in an aching manner achingly sad songs
2 : extremely, exceedingly achingly complicated

Examples of achingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peruvian-Japanese Nikkei cuisine is all the rage in Spain and few restaurants do it better than the achingly hip De Tokio a Lima. Isabelle Kliger, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Like its muse, the movie feels a little like a black-box experiment, one that can be both frustratingly opaque and achingly lovely: a still-waters mystery whose ripples, even up to the last frame, only hint at what lies beneath. Leah Greenblatt,, 3 Mar. 2022 On top of that, an achingly plangent background score from Valentin Hadjadj, all strings and oboe (the instrument Remi had been learning), sighs in a minor key. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 This is achingly similar to the profile of other young mass killers from Sandy Hook to Aurora, Parkland, Tucson, Virginia Tech and Buffalo. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 May 2022 The dangers of a hotter future are achingly visible on a small farm in Malihabad, a prime northern mango-growing district, where Mohammed Aslam tends about 500 trees. New York Times, 25 May 2022 In addition, though Nekoda elevates her role as El’s peppy sidekick, the character exists solely to service the male arc and is achingly underdeveloped. Courtney Howard, Variety, 9 May 2022 And needless to say, Friend’s achingly Tory haircut—somehow too square and too soft, chiseled from a sad putty of inexhaustible entitlement—stamps out any last embers of desire. Raven Smith, Vogue, 21 Apr. 2022 The bestselling author of 2020’s Love in Color is back with her first original novel, a tooth-achingly sweet rom-com set on a college campus. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of achingly

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for achingly

aching + -ly entry 2

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The first known use of achingly was in 1765

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23 Jun 2022

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“Achingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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