informal : achingly sad : achy
In one video, he turned himself into an ad-campaign cowboy singing achy-breaky songs, satirizing Nashville while also twanging his heart out.Blake Gopnik, Washington Post, 19 May 2008

Word History


achy + (heart)break(ing) + -y entry 1

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of achy-breaky was in 1991

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“Achy-breaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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