A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey-kee]
    • /ˈeɪ ki/
    • /ˈeɪ.ki/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-kee]
    • /ˈeɪ ki/

Definitions of achy word

  • adjective achy If you feel achy, your body hurts. 3
  • adjective achy affected by a continuous dull pain; aching 3
  • adjective achy having an ache, or dull, steady pain 3
  • adjective achy having or causing an aching sensation: an achy back. 1
  • noun achy Suffering from continuous dull pain. 1
  • adjective achy dully painful 1

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Origin of achy

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
First recorded in 1870-75; ache + -y1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Achy


achy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

achy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for achy

adj achy

  • aching — causing physical pain or distress: treatment for an aching back.
  • hurtful — causing hurt or injury; injurious; harmful.
  • nagging — continually faultfinding, complaining, or petulant: a nagging parent.
  • 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 achy

  • 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.

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