Definition of achy in US English:


(British achey)

  • predicative Suffering from continuous dull pain.

    ‘she felt tired and achy’
    • ‘By the age of 60, about 70 per cent of women will have developed osteoarthritis, which can lead to achy, painful feet.’
    • ‘They also suffered swollen legs and feet and achy joints, making them so uncomfortable that a quarter taking growth hormone had their doses reduced during the study.’
    • ‘Sometimes all you feel is a dull achy sensation or muscle fatigue after class.’
    • ‘Severe or sharp pains are more significant than dull, achy pains.’
    • ‘Edric awoke the next morning feeling stiff and achy.’
    • ‘If we feel uncomfortable, achy, or even delirious during the course of a fever, these sensations are due to the toxicity that the fever is working to rid us of.’
    • ‘A sore, achy feeling is a common first indicator.’
    • ‘A tension headache is a dull, achy feeling on both sides of the head.’
    • ‘Not only can flexible people bend over more easily to pick up something off the floor, but they're also less likely to suffer achy joints.’
    • ‘Limit jumping and pounding activities if your joints are achy or sore.’
    • ‘Back at home less than a week later, I felt out of sorts: warm, headachy, and just plain achy, with noticeable joint pain.’
    • ‘Hopefully i wont be all stiff and achy since i might have done a bit too much today, but i was eager to get in and do some gardening!’
    • ‘He felt achy and sore from a day's traveling, but he could not fall asleep.’
    • ‘Some mornings it's fine but on others the knee can be a bit sore and achy, although I don't know if that's down to the cold weather.’
    • ‘Venous wound pain is often minimal and may be described as dull, achy pain or heaviness in the legs.’
    • ‘Other symptoms might include things such as sore throat, achy muscles/joints, headaches, loss of appetite, etc’
    • ‘My head aches, and it's too heavy for me to lift without an achy pain.’
    • ‘I stood up, stiff and achy from my night upon the ground.’
    • ‘Does your child mention headaches, neck aches, achy strained muscles, low back pain, muscle spasm, or tingling hands?’
    • ‘I don't feel any better for it today, in fact if anything my body is really achy and stiff probably from lying down for so long.’
    painful, achy, sore, stiff, hurt, tender, uncomfortable, troublesome
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