Share this entry

Share this page


Pronunciation: /eɪk/

Translation of ache in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (give pain) [tooth/ear/leg] doler* my back/head aches me duele la espalda/la cabeza my legs/feet ache me duelen las piernas/los pies these statistics make my head ache estas estadísticas me dan dolor de cabeza I'm aching all over me duele todo el cuerpo it makes my heart ache me da muchísima pena
    Example sentences
    • She is talking up a storm and making my stomach ache with laughter.
    • When my back starts to ache, I'll carry my laptop downstairs and work standing up on the counter in my kitchen.
    • Annie's head ached, her ribs hurt from coughing, and the simple act of craning her neck to peer through a clear spot on the windshield made her dizzy.
    (aching present participle/participio presente)
    [shoulders/muscles] dolorido with an aching heart con gran dolor de corazón her departure left an aching void in his life su partida dejó un doloroso vacío en su vida
  • 2 (yearn) to ache to + infinitive/infinitivo ansiar* + infinitive/infinitivo to ache for sth suspirar por algo
    Example sentences
    • We were aching with a desire to see a winner.
    • Having golfed for a week in Scotland the week before I was aching to play.
    • Anthea has not been on the television for years so is aching to get back into the limelight.


  • dolor (masculine) ([ sordo y continuo ]) aches and pains achaques (masculine plural) with an ache in his heart con gran dolor de corazón

Definition of ache in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coleta
ponytail …
Cultural fact of the day

Today is the Día de los Santos Inocentes, a religious festival celebrated in the Spanish-speaking world to commemorate the New Testament story of the massacre of the "Innocents", by playing practical jokes, or inocentadas, on one another. The classic inocentada is to hang paper dolls on someone's back without their knowing. Spoof news stories also appear in newspapers and the media.