Ached vs Aching - What's the difference?

ached | aching |

As verbs the difference between ached and aching

is that ached is (ache) while aching is .

As an adjective aching is

that aches; continuously painful.

As a noun aching is

the feeling of an ache; a dull pain.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (ache)

  • ache


    Alternative forms

    * (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

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


  • 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)


    (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


    * Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition.

    Etymology 2

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


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

    Representing the pronunciation of the letter H .


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

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


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  • Synonyms

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  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • That aches; continuously painful.
  • * (rfdate)
  • The aching' heart, the ' aching head.

    Derived terms

    * achingly


    (en noun)
  • The feeling of an ache; a dull pain.