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

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When reconstituted, the achingly beautiful form became a roof, which was to be hoisted onto 10 wood columns staking out a simple rectangular perimeter. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019 Despite its jokey-sounding premise, this is an achingly sincere book. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 The knowledge bartenders take pride in their work, and the crowd is young, beautiful, and achingly hip. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 There are all kinds of achingly cute designs for sale, but given the approaching holiday—and the fact that the Nightmare Before Christmas marks its 25th anniversary this month—this one seemed too fitting not to share. Collier Sutter, House Beautiful, "You'll Be Dreaming Of This 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Mobile, Even If You Don't Have Kids," 2 Oct. 2018 The story of Daniel and Milan Kluko is the story of any family that has been shattered by tragedy—a story both ordinary and achingly unique. Lina Zeldovich, Popular Mechanics, "The Vertical Farm That Lifted a Family," 2 June 2016 But parents and lawyers said those reunions still seemed achingly distant and uncertain. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Migrant Parents Wait and Hope for Their Children: ‘I Feel Like I’m Going to Die’," 21 June 2018 The result is an achingly realistic portrait of a family and a community, whose hardships Zhao neither condescends to nor minimizes. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018 Although the story is achingly sad, the correctional facility is filled with an eccentric, often extremely funny — and dangerous — cast. Time Staff, Time, "Best Novels of 2018 So Far," 11 June 2018

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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