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ail Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun aromatic bulb used as seasoning
  2. verb be ill or unwell
  3. verb cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
    trouble; pain.

Ail transitive verb
OE. eilen, ailen, AS. eglan to trouble, pain; akin to Goth. us-agljan to distress, agls troublesome, irksome, aglo, aglitha, pain, and prob. to E. awe. .
imperfect & past participle Ailed present participle & verbal noun Ailing
  1. 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.
Ail intransitive verb
  1. To be affected with pain or uneasiness of any sort; to be ill or indisposed or in trouble.
    When he ails ever so little . . . he is so peevish. Richardson.
Ail noun
  1. Indisposition or morbid affection. Pope.

Webster 1913