ailing

[ey-ling]
adjective
1.
sickly; unwell.
2.
unsound or troubled: a financially ailing corporation.

Origin:
1590–1600; ail + -ing2

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ail

[eyl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to cause pain, uneasiness, or trouble to.
verb (used without object)
2.
to be unwell; feel pain; be ill: He's been ailing for some time.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English ail, eilen, Old English eglan to afflict (cognate with Middle Low German egelen annoy, Gothic -agljan), derivative of egle painful; akin to Gothic agls shameful, Sanskrit aghám evil, pain

ale, ail, awl.


1. bother, annoy, distress.
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ail (eɪl)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to trouble; afflict
2.  (intr) to feel unwell
 
[Old English eglan to trouble, from egle troublesome, painful, related to Gothic agls shameful]

ailing (ˈeɪlɪŋ)
 
adj
unwell or unsuccessful

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ail
O.E. eglian "to trouble, plague, afflict," from P.Gmc. *azljaz (cf. O.E. egle "hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;" Goth. agls "shameful, disgraceful," agliþa "distress, affliction, hardship," us-agljan "to oppress, afflict"), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of base *agh- "to be depressed,
be afraid." Related: Ailing (c.1600); ailment formed in Eng. 1706.
"It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? ... Thus we never say, a fever ails him." [Johnson]
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Example sentences
Libraries and university presses are both ailing and desperate.
Doctors have struggled to distinguish the ailing from the malingering.
The killer could be a painkiller commonly fed to ailing livestock.
While those leaders' gifts may not do much to offset ailing budgets, they have
  resonated on their respective campuses.
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