\ ˈā-kē How to pronounce achy (audio) \
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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After coping with an achy right knee for more than two months, Kris Bryant broke out Tuesday night with his first two home runs since Aug. 21 in the Cubs’ 9-8 loss to the Padres. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant’s 1st game after getting a cortisone shot in his knee showed promise. The Cubs need a strong finish from him down the stretch.," 12 Sep. 2019 Those with coccydynia usually experience dull, achy pain in or around the tailbone. Mayo Clinic,, "Tailbone pain often goes away without medical treatment," 19 Aug. 2019 Then came Marques Bolden’s achy knee that kept him out a majority of the final two games. Chris Fedor,, "Dylan Windler, Cleveland Cavaliers cap up-and-down summer league with third straight loss," 3 July 2019 That’s on the old side for such a big dog, and Frisco needs a lot of care to keep working, including weekly visits to the acupuncturist and physical therapist for his achy joints. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Hard-Working Dogs Among Pets Lapping Up Free Health Care," 2 Apr. 2019 Chronic tension-type headache Tension-type headaches can cause mild to moderate pain that feels like something is applying dull, achy pressure around your entire head, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "When to See a Doctor About Those Persistent Headaches," 29 Aug. 2018 For reference, the flu tends to cause the sudden onset of a fever over 100.4 degrees, achy muscles, chills and sweats, a headache, a dry and persistent cough, fatigue, weakness, nasal congestion, and a sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce achy (audio) \
achier; achiest

Medical Definition of achy

: affected with aches

Other Words from achy

achiness noun

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