Definition of aching in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈeɪkɪŋ/


1Having an ache in a part of one’s body: the cool air was a relief to my aching head
More example sentences
  • During those hard times, the poor quality food barely appeased my aching belly.
  • What would I have given to have been with you, to have supported your aching head in my arms.
  • Feeling absolutely shattered we returned to our messy, near empty house lamenting the lack of soft furnishings to comfort our aching posteriors.
2Arousing, experiencing, or expressive of intense sorrow or longing: I write this letter with tears in my eyes and an aching heart an aching sense of loss
More example sentences
  • The journey is nature's way of healing an aching heart.
  • There is an aching poignancy about Dermot Bolger's wonderfully lyrical ninth novel, 'The Family on Paradise Pier'.
  • That aching need we had to talk to each other, to tell our stories, has diminished.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ach¦ing

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.