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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ache
Continued pain, as distinguished from sudden twinges, or spasmodic pain. “Such an ache in my bones.”

Note: ☞ Often used in composition, as, a head ache, an ear ache, a tooth ache.

Etymology: OE. ache, AS. æce ece, fr. acan to ache. See Ache (v. i.)

verb Ache
To suffer pain; to have, or be in, pain, or in continued pain; to be distressed.

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

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  1. A dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
  2. Have a desire for something or someone who is not present ("She ached for a cigarette")
  3. Feel physical pain
  4. Be the source of pain

From Middle English aken (verb), and ache (noun), from Old English acan (verb) (from Proto-Germanic *akaną (“to be bad, be evil”)) and æċe (noun) (from Proto-Germanic *akiz), both from Proto-Indo-European *ag- (“sin, crime”). Cognate with Low German aken, achen, äken (“to hurt, to ache”), North Frisian akelig, æklig (“terrible, miserable, sharp, intense”), West Frisian aaklik (“nasty, horrible, dismal, dreary”), Dutch akelig (“nasty, horrible”). The noun was originally pronounced as spelled, with a palatized ch sound (compare batch, from bake); the verb was originally strong, conjugating for tense like take (e.g. I , I , I have ), but gradually became weak during Middle English. Historically the verb was spelled , and the noun . The verb came to be spelled like the noun when lexicographist Samuel Johnson mistakenly assumed that it derived from Ancient Greek ἄχος (ákhos, “pain”) due to the similarity in form and meaning of the two words.

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

From Old French and modern French ache, from Latin apium (“celery”).

  1. (obsolete) Parsley.

Representing the pronunciation of the letter H.

  1. (rare) A variant spelling of .

    ache was also found in the following language(s): French, Norman, and Portuguese

    Notable Persons Named Ache

    He holds the title Rajah of the Kingdom of Maynila. and Rajahof theKingdom of Maynila.. He was most prominent from 1558 to 1571.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ache U.S.
      White 74.54% 64.26%
      African American 6.48% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 15.28% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ache

    People with the last name Ache are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Ache

    • How Popular is the name Ache? As a last name Ache was the 86,314th most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Ache? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Ache was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Ache: Your name in reverse order is Ehca. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ecah. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Ache? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 216 people with the last name Ache.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ache? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ache as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    Past life for Ache born Feb 1, 1995

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North of Latin America approximately on 1450. Your profession was dancer, singer, and actor.

    You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Your lesson - to study, to practice and to use wisdom, enclosed in psychological sciences, and in ancient manuscripts. With strong faith and hard work you will reach your real destiny in present life.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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