aching Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
  2. verb feel physical pain
    ache; suffer; hurt.
    • Were you hurting after the accident?
  3. verb have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    ache; yearn; languish; pine; yen.
    • She ached for a cigarette
    • I am pining for my lover
  4. verb be the source of pain
    ache; smart; hurt.
  5. adjective satellite causing a dull and steady pain
    • my aching head
    • her old achy joints


Ach"ing adjective
  1. That aches; continuously painful. See Ache. -- Ach"ing*ly, adv.
    The aching heart, the aching head. Longfellow.

Webster 1913