A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey-king]
    • /ˈeɪ kɪŋ/
    • /eɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-king]
    • /ˈeɪ kɪŋ/

Definitions of aching word

  • adjective aching causing physical pain or distress: treatment for an aching back. 1
  • adjective aching full of or precipitating nostalgia, grief, loneliness, etc. 1
  • verb without object aching to have or suffer a continuous, dull pain: His whole body ached. 1
  • verb without object aching to feel great sympathy, pity, or the like: Her heart ached for the starving animals. 1
  • verb without object aching to feel eager; yearn; long: She ached to be the champion. He's just aching to get even. 1
  • noun aching a continuous, dull pain (in contrast to a sharp, sudden, or sporadic pain). 1

Information block about the term

Origin of aching

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
Middle English word dating back to 1200-1250; See origin at ache, -ing2

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Aching


aching popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

aching usage trend in Literature

This diagram is provided by Google Ngram Viewer

Synonyms for aching

adj aching

  • sore — physically painful or sensitive, as a wound, hurt, or diseased part: a sore arm.
  • nagging — continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant: a nagging parent.
  • tender — soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.
  • raw — uncooked, as articles of food: a raw carrot.
  • smarting — to be a source of sharp, local, and usually superficial pain, as a wound.

adjective aching

  • painful — affected with, causing, or characterized by pain: a painful wound; a painful night; a painful memory.
  • sensitive — endowed with sensation; having perception through the senses.

noun aching

  • longing — strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
  • desire — A desire is a strong wish to do or have something.
  • yearning — deep longing, especially when accompanied by tenderness or sadness: a widower's yearning for his wife.
  • pining — to yearn deeply; suffer with longing; long painfully (often followed by for): to pine for one's home and family.
  • itch — to have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected: My nose itches.

Antonyms for aching

adj aching

  • healthy — possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: a healthy body; a healthy mind.

Top questions with aching

  • why are my legs aching?
  • how to soothe aching feet?
  • why is my body aching?
  • what does aching mean?
  • smile when your heart is aching?
  • what causes aching legs?
  • aching legs when lying down?
  • what to do for aching feet?

See also

Matching words

Was this page helpful?
Yes No
Thank you for your feedback! Tell your friends about this page
Tell us why?