Complete Definition of "ache"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/eɪk/, SAMPA|/eIk/
audio|en-us-ache.ogg|Audio (US)
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪk|-eɪk

Etymology 1
From Old (and modern) French #French|ache, from Latin apium ‘parsley’.

Noun
en-noun

  1. obsolete parsley|Parsley.

Etymology 2
Old English acan verb, > æce|æċe noun, from West Germanic. The verb was originally strong, declining like take etc., but has taken weak endings since Middle English. Historically the verb was spelled ake, until Dr Johnson mistakenly derived it from Ancient Greek polytonic|ἄχος ‘pain’.

Verb
en-verb|ach|ed

  1. intransitive To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.

#:Quotations
#:*Fie, how my bones ache! - Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, II-v
#:*The sins that in your conscience ache. - Keble

Derived terms
ache for

Translations

Finnish: särkeä, jomottaa
Japanese: 痛む (itamu)
Portuguese: doer
mid
Spanish: doler
Turkish: ağrımak,acımak

Noun
en-noun

  1. Continued dull pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain.

#:Quotations
#:*Fill all thy bones with aches - Shakespeare, Tempest, I-ii
#:Note: Often used in composition, as, a headache, an earache, a toothache

Translations

Dutch: pijn m
Finnish: särky, kipu
French: douleur f
German: Schmerz m
Greek: άλγος [ˈalɣo̞s] n, πόνος [ˈpo̞no̞s] m
Indonesian: sakit, nyeri
Interlingua: dolor
mid
Italian: dolore
Japanese: 痛み (いたみ, itami)
Malay: sengal
Portuguese: dor f
Spanish: dolor m
Turkish: ağrı, acı

Derived terms
achy
backache
earache
headache
toothache

References
Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition.

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