Yearn vs Ache - What's the difference?

yearn | ache |


As a verb yearn

is to long, have a strong desire (for something) or yearn can be (scotland) to curdle, as milk.

As a proper noun ache is

a language spoken by the yi people of south-western china.

yearn

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) giernan, from (etyl) .

Verb

(en verb)
  • To long, have a strong desire (for something).
  • * All I yearn for is a simple life.
  • To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
  • To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
  • To pain; to grieve; to vex.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It would yearn your heart to see it.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
    Derived terms
    () * yearner * yearnful * yearnly * yearning * yearnsome * yearny

    Etymology 2

    See .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.
  • Anagrams

    *

    ache

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) due to the similarity in form and meaning of the two words.

    Verb

  • To suffer pain; to be the source of, or be in, pain, especially continued dull pain; to be distressed.
  • * Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet , Act II, Scene V:
  • Fie, how my bones ache!
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache , the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.}}
  • (transitive, literary, rare) To cause someone or something to suffer pain.
  • Derived terms
    * ache for

    See also

    * (l)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Continued dull pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain.
  • * Shakespeare, The Tempest , Act I, Scene II:
  • Fill all thy bones with aches .
    Derived terms
    * aches and pains * achy * backache * bellyache * earache * headache * stomachache * toothache

    References

    * Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) and modern (etyl) ache, from (etyl) .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Parsley.
  • Etymology 3

    Representing the pronunciation of the letter H .

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (rare) A variant spelling of aitch .
  • Anagrams

    * English heteronyms ---- ==Jèrriais==

    Noun

  • wild celery
  • Synonyms

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