AskDefine | Define ail

Dictionary Definition

ail n : aromatic bulb used as seasoning [syn: garlic]


1 be unwell, ill, or ill disposed
2 cause bodily suffering to [syn: afflict, trouble, pain]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From Old English eġlian "to trouble".


  1. An ailment; trouble; illness.
An ailment; trouble; illness


  1. To cause to suffer; to hurt; to trouble; to afflict.
    What ails him? — What's wrong with him?
  2. To be ill; to suffer; to be troubled.
to cause to suffer
to be ill

Etymology 2

From Old English eġl.


  1. The awn of barley or other types of corn.



Latin allium



ail m (plural ails or, rarely, aulx)


Ordinal number


Extensive Definition

Ail or AIL may refer to:

See also

ail in French: Ail
ail in Italian: AIL
ail in Occitan (post 1500): Alh

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ache, afflict, agonize, anguish, be affected with, be the matter, beset, bite, blanch, blench, bother, burn, chafe, complain of, complicate matters, concern, convulse, crucify, cut, discommode, distress, disturb, excruciate, feel ill, feel pain, feel the pangs, fester, fret, gall, give pain, gnaw, grate, grimace, grind, gripe, harass, harrow, have a misery, hurt, inconvenience, inflame, inflict pain, irk, irritate, kill by inches, labor under, lacerate, martyr, martyrize, nip, pain, perplex, perturb, pierce, pinch, plague, pother, pound, prick, prolong the agony, put out, put to it, put to torture, puzzle, rack, rankle, rasp, rub, shoot, shrink, smart, stab, sting, suffer, thrill, throb, tingle, torment, torture, trouble, try, tweak, twinge, twist, twitch, upset, vex, wince, worry, wound, wring, writhe
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