What does ache mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ache, achingverb

    a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain

  2. hurt, ache, sufferverb

    feel physical pain

    "Were you hurting after the accident?"

  3. ache, yearn, yen, pine, languishverb

    have a desire for something or someone who is not present

    "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"

  4. ache, smart, hurtverb

    be the source of pain


  1. achenoun

    Continued dull pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain.

  2. acheverb

    To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.

  3. achenoun


  4. achenoun

    A variant spelling of aitch.

  5. Achenoun

    A language spoken by the Yi people of South-Western China.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Achenoun

    A continued pain. See Ake.

    Etymology: ace, Sax. ἄχος Gr. now generally written ake, and in the plural akes, of one syllable; the primitive manner being preserved chiefly in poetry, for the sake of the measure.

    I’ll rack thee with old cramps;
    Fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar,
    That beasts shall tremble at thy din. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    A coming show’r your shooting corns presage,
    Old aches throb, your hollow tooth will urge. Jonathan Swift, Misc.

  2. To Acheverb

    To be in pain.

    Upon this account, our senses are dulled and spent by any extraordinary intention, and our very eyes will ache, if long fixed upon any difficultly discerned object. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis, c. xiv.


  1. Aché

    The Aché ( ah-CHAY) are an indigenous people of Paraguay. They are hunter-gatherers living in eastern Paraguay. From the earliest Jesuit accounts of the Aché in the 17th century until their peaceful outside contacts in the 20th century, the Aché were described as nomadic hunter-gatherers living in small bands and depending entirely on wild forest resources for subsistence. In the 20th century, four different ethnolinguistic populations of Aché were contacted and pacified. They are the Northern Aché, the Yvytyruzu Aché, the Ypety Aché, and the Ñacunday Aché. Each of these populations was an endogamous dialectal group, consisting of multiple residential bands, with no peaceful interaction between the groups. The Aché suffered repeated abuses by rural Paraguayan colonists, ranchers, and big landowners from the conquest period until the latter half of the 20th century. In the 20th century, largely under military dictator Alfredo Stroessner, the Northern Aché, who had been the only inhabitants of nearly 20,000 square kilometers of rural Paraguay, ended up confined on just two reservations totaling little more than 50 square kilometers of titled land. In the process, they were massacred, enslaved, and gathered onto reservations where no adequate medical treatment was provided. This process was specifically carried out to pacify them, and to remove them from their ancestral homeland, so that absentee investors (mainly Brazilian) could move in and develop the lands that once belonged only to the Aché. Large multinational business groups—e.g. La Industrial Paraguaya. S.A. (LIPSA)—obtained title rights to already occupied lands and then sold them sight unseen to investors, who purchased lands where Aché bands had roamed for thousands of years, and were still present. The fact that Aché inhabitants were present and living in the forests of Canindeyu and Alto Paraná on the very lands being titled in Hernandarias seems to have been dismissed by cities such as Coronel Oviedo. The Kuetuvy Aché were forcibly removed from the Mbaracayu region in the 1970s, but managed to return to their ancestral homeland in 2000.


  1. ache

    Ache refers to a continuous or prolonged feeling of pain, often dull and somewhat diffuse, experienced in a specific part of the body. This can be due to injury, illness, or emotional distress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Achenoun

    a name given to several species of plants; as, smallage, wild celery, parsley

  2. Acheverb

    continued pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain. "Such an ache in my bones."

  3. Acheverb

    to suffer pain; to have, or be in, pain, or in continued pain; to be distressed

  4. Etymology: [OE. aken, AS. acan, both strong verbs, AS. acan, imp. c, p. p. acen, to ache; perh. orig. to drive, and akin to agent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ache

    āk, n. a continued pain.—v.i. to be in continued pain:—pr.p. āch′ing; pa.p. āched.—n. Ach′ing, continued pain or distress. [The verb is properly ake, the noun ache, as in speak and speech. The A.S. noun æce is from the verb ac-an, to ache.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ACHE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ache is ranked #86314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ache surname appeared 216 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Ache.

    74.5% or 161 total occurrences were White.
    15.2% or 33 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    6.4% or 14 total occurrences were Black.

Anagrams for ache »

  1. Aceh

  2. each

  3. HACE

  4. haec

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ache in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ache in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ache in a Sentence

  1. William Blake:

    Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache do be my enemy--for friendship's sake.

  2. Carolyn Fong/Redux for CNN:

    It felt like if someone was throwing marbles at you or something like that … with just little pings, then there’s the, ‘Oh my gosh, this is it.’ There’s a searing burn, and then there’s an ache.

  3. Mike Caussin:

    My heart hurts not being with them today and I have a feeling whether it’s the first holiday apart or the 30th there will always be an ache in the heart.

  4. Kim Reynolds:

    Our hearts go out to all those affected by the deadly storms that tore through our state today, kevin and I join with Iowans in prayer for those that lost their lives and those injured. Our hearts ache during this time, but I know Iowans will step up and come together to help in this time of need — they already are.

  5. Josh Sweeney:

    The whole time I was doing that, not even really realizing how much I was using all those muscles I haven’t been able to use, I would get done with practice and be sore, for the first year, my elbow, shoulder and hand would just ache.

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