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[ey-kee] /ˈeɪ ki/
adjective, achier, achiest.
having or causing an aching sensation:
an achy back.
Origin of achy
1870-75; ache + -y1
Related forms
achiness, noun Unabridged
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  • After a time they get used to the swinging motion of the vessel and then their achy muscle tiredness is relieved.

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  • Gigan′ticide, the act of killing a giant; Gigantol′ogy, description of giants; Gigantom′achy, a war of giants.

  • Certain of the muscles particularly are likely to suffer from achy feelings which are spoken of as headaches.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • He thought, with an achy wistfulness, of a small hero-worshipping girl named Jennie Harper, at Serene.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Jennie Harper had large dark eyes, and a funny, achy sort of voice.

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British Dictionary definitions for achy


adjective achier, achiest
affected by a continuous dull pain; aching
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Word Origin and History for achy

1875, first recorded in George Eliot's letters, from ache + -y (2). Middle English had akeful "painful" (early 15c.). Related: Achily; achiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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