Definition of aching in English:



  • 1Having an ache in a part of one's body.

    ‘the cool air was a relief to my aching head’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The primary symptom is a painful, aching shoulder of rather nondescript type.’
    • ‘They told me my aching back would get no relief on the rugged road ahead.’
    • ‘No other symptoms are usually present apart from occasional aching joints.’
    • ‘I lay on my back on the concrete floor and shook my aching head.’
    • ‘Late yesterday Graham started a sore throat and aching joints.’
    • ‘Wade, that aching right knee still apparently an issue, missed 10 of his 15 shots.’
    • ‘Behind the glamour there are tears and aching muscles.’
    • ‘When you have aching joints, nothing beats the soothing heat a microwave heat bag can deliver.’
    • ‘Be prepared for aching ribs Sunday morning.’
    • ‘I left Basel with aching feet, piles of business cards, a mild tan, and some inspiration.’
    • ‘Few things are a stronger motivation to get your thesis done than an aching back.’
    • ‘Some people may have a raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs.’
    • ‘I'm sure there's plenty of aching bodies across Kirklees after fantastic efforts by dozens of charity runners.’
    painful, achy, sore, stiff, hurt, tender, uncomfortable, troublesome
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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Barely alive, with broken bones and an aching heart, he returned to Paradise.’
    • ‘The cold really hurts, but there are moments of raw and aching beauty despite the harsh unforgiving environment.’
    • ‘With their aching melancholy, these a cappella numbers for three voices are the perfect accompaniment to the understated drama unfolding in this dusty terrain.’
    • ‘He's been credited with creating an aching portrait of the fading American heartland, but Alexander Payne isn't all that excited by idle flattery.’
    • ‘Springtime is an aching, falsetto-gospel piano ballad, dedicated to the singer's late mother.’
    • ‘Their 1967 double-A-side single "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" transformed the nondescript streets of Liverpool suburbs into places of aching nostalgia.’
    sorrowful, sad, mournful, miserable, upset, distressed, anguished, heavy with grief, grief-stricken, wretched, heavy
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