Ail transitive verb
, AS. eglan
to trouble, pain; akin to Goth. us-agljan
to distress, agls
troublesome, irksome, aglo
, pain, and prob. to E. awe
imperfect & past participle Ailed present participle & verbal noun Ailing
- To affect with pain or uneasiness, either physical or mental; to trouble; to be the matter with; -- used to express some uneasiness or affection, whose cause is unknown; as, what ails the man? I know not what ails him.
What aileth thee, Hagar?
Gen. xxi. 17.
✍ It is never used to express a specific disease. We do not say, a fever ails him; but, something ails him.