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aching

[ey-king] /ˈeɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing physical pain or distress:
treatment for an aching back.
2.
full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc.
Origin of aching
1200-1250
1200-1250; Middle English; see ache, -ing2
Related forms
achingly, adverb
unaching, adjective
unachingly, adverb

ache

[eyk] /eɪk/
verb (used without object), ached, aching.
1.
to have or suffer a continuous, dull pain:
His whole body ached.
2.
to feel great sympathy, pity, or the like:
Her heart ached for the starving animals.
3.
to feel eager; yearn; long:
She ached to be the champion. He's just aching to get even.
noun
4.
a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or sporadic pain).
Origin
before 900; (v.) Middle English aken, Old English acan; perhaps metaphoric use of earlier unattested sense “drive, impel” (compare Old Norse aka, cognate with Latin agere, Greek ágein); (noun) derivative of the v.
Synonyms
1. hurt. 4. See pain.
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  • He lowered his head, and rested his aching brow against her cool, white hand.

  • Aren't you just aching for a wee house of your own, the same way that I am!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • Rolling heavily to one side with a groan of pain forced from him by his aching head, he felt the cold chill of a stone floor.

  • The other masters lived at a distance, and Ketch's old legs were aching.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • It was there, want, aching in her heart, as she drew into her nostrils this strange and wealthy atmosphere.

    The Garden Of Allah Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for aching

ache

/eɪk/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to feel, suffer, or be the source of a continuous dull pain
2.
to suffer mental anguish
noun
3.
a continuous dull pain
Derived Forms
aching, adjective
achingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English ācan (vb), æce (n), Middle English aken (vb), ache (n). Compare bake, batch
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Word Origin and History for aching

ache

v.

Old English acan "to ache, suffer pain," from Proto-Germanic *akanan, perhaps from a PIE root *ag-es- "fault, guilt," represented also in Sanskrit and Greek, perhaps imitative of groaning. The verb was pronounced "ake," the noun "ache" (as in speak/speech) but while the noun changed pronunciation to conform to the verb, the spelling of both was changed to ache c.1700 on a false assumption of a Greek origin (specifically Greek akhos "pain, distress," which is rather a distant relation of awe (n.)). Related: Ached; aching.

n.

early 15c., æche, from Old English æce, from Proto-Germanic *akiz, from same source as ache (v.).

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aching in Medicine

ache (āk)
n.
A dull persistent pain. v. ached, ach·ing, aches
To suffer a dull, sustained pain.

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Related Abbreviations for aching

ACHE

1.
American College of Healthcare Executives
2.
American Council for Headache Education
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