Synonyms of ache in English:

ache


See definition of ache

noun

1‘an extremely bad stomach ache’

SYNONYMS

pain, dull pain, pang, twinge, throb

gnawing, stabbing, sting, stinging, spasm, muscular spasm, cramp, convulsion

smarting, soreness, tenderness, irritation, discomfort

2‘his absence was a constant nagging ache in her heart’

SYNONYMS

sorrow, sadness, misery, grief, anguish, suffering, pain, agony, torture, wretchedness, distress, hurt, affliction, woe, mourning

ANTONYMS

joy

3‘his unrelenting ache for his homeland’

SYNONYMS

longing, yearning, craving, desire, pining, hankering, hunger, hungering, thirst, itch, burning

informal yen

ANTONYMS

disinclination


verb

1‘the box was so heavy that it made his shoulders ache’

SYNONYMS

hurt, be sore, be painful, be in pain, throb, pound, twinge

smart, gnaw, burn, tingle, sting, be uncomfortable, be tender, give someone trouble

informal play up, give someone gyp

2‘her heart ached unbearably’

SYNONYMS

grieve, sorrow, be sorrowful, be sad, be distressed, be in distress, be miserable, mourn, be mournful, lament, agonize, anguish, be in anguish, suffer, bleed

eat one's heart out, weep and wail

ANTONYMS

rejoice

3‘the whole world seemed to ache for summer's coming’

SYNONYMS

long for, yearn for, hunger for, thirst for, hanker for, hanker after, pine for, pine after, itch for, be desperate for, be unable to wait for

crave, desire, covet

informal have a yen for, yen for, be dying for

archaic be athirst for, suspire for