\ˈā-kē \
achier; achiest

Definition of achy 

: afflicted with aches feeling tired and achy

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Other Words from achy

achiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for achy


aching, afflictive, hurting, nasty, painful, sore


indolent, painless

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Examples of achy in a Sentence

unable to play in tomorrow's football game because of an achy right knee

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This is not just a private, ugh-this-sucks type of inconvenience, either—this country loses an estimated 149 million days of work per year to its achy lumbar regions. Emily Abbate, GQ, "4 Simple Ways to Prevent Lower Back Pain from Ruining Your Life," 29 Mar. 2018 To a mere mortal with achy knees and an aging body, even the acronym — H.I.I.T. — sounded intimidating. New York Times, "Scared of High-Intensity Interval Training? A Heart Monitor Can Make It Fun and Easy," 29 May 2018 If arthritic joints are stiff and achy, stick with low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, cycling and yoga., "A decade-by-decade guide for staying fit for life," 16 May 2018 Curtain Call: Not for those with achy knees or for Disneyphobes. Dewayne Bevil,, "Review: 'PeeVira's SCAREavan Sing-Along: Disney Addicktion' - Orlando Fringe 2018," 20 May 2018 Sent feverish, coughing, achy people to doctors’ offices at a peak rate not seen since 2009, when a new swine flu virus caused a pandemic. Kim Painter, USA TODAY, "Harsh flu season winding down, but it left its mark: Highest child death count in at least 5 years," 30 Apr. 2018 In addition to breathing quality, this stretch helps relieve tension headaches caused by an achy neck and stiff shoulders, as well as bolstering underworked muscles around the scapula., "3 exercises for beating the afternoon slump," 24 Apr. 2018 This pose does wonders for stretching achy foot muscles, says Jones, and is especially useful for runners who suffer from plantar fasciitis. Jay Willis, GQ, "Five Easy Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks," 16 Apr. 2018 Stabbing pains, achy pains, period-cramp-like pains, and radiating pains are all possible. Nina Bahadur, Glamour, "Why Do We Know So Little About Endometriosis?," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of achy

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for achy

ache entry 2 + -y entry 1

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\ˈā-kē \
achier; achiest

Medical Definition of achy 

: affected with aches

Other Words from achy

achiness noun

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a state of commotion or excitement

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