ach·​ing·​ly ˈā-kiŋ-lē How to pronounce achingly (audio)
: in an aching manner
achingly sad songs
: extremely, exceedingly
achingly complicated

Examples of achingly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rustin is filled with such moments, when the actor takes everything from platitude-like declarations to punchlines to achingly sincere pleas and transforms them into something nearly transcendent. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Lisa Boone tells the achingly beautiful story of Stacie Vanags, who created a flower farm at her Ventura home after her husband, Chad, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Then there’s Design Miami, the fair affiliated with Art Basel whose galleries specialize in rare design pieces that are museum-quality and achingly covetable. Amy Verner, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2023 Its tone veers from laugh-out-loud funny to achingly sad to third-act-of-Goodfellas-level frantic, and back and forth again. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2023 While the traditional preparations are superb — including achingly good Dungeness crab and tender firefly squid — Mr. Tsukasaki is also expanding the Edomae sushi vocabulary with dishes like lean tuna belly with housemade soy milk and shio koji. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Today's pick over at Bring A Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—is a 1974 BMW 2000tii achingly beautiful in black and chrome. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 26 Aug. 2023 Lyons, the former president and creative director of J. Crew, who famously dressed Michelle Obama during her time as First Lady, has long been hailed as one of the most powerful women in fashion and a harbinger of all things achingly cool. Time, 21 Aug. 2023 And at the end of the block, progress is presumably being made on the achingly slow renovation of the Vision Theatre. Degnan Boulevard, meanwhile, still looks a mess. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2023 See More

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Word History


aching + -ly entry 2

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of achingly was in 1765

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“Achingly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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