Synonyms for ail

Grammar : Verb
Spell : eyl
Phonetic Transcription : eɪl

Définition of ail

Origin :
  • c.1300, from Old English eglan "to trouble, plague, afflict," from Proto-Germanic *azljaz (cf. Old English egle "hideous, loathsome, troublesome, painful;" Gothic agls "shameful, disgraceful," agliþa "distress, affliction, hardship," us-agljan "to oppress, afflict"), from PIE *agh-lo-, suffixed form of root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid." Related: Ailed; ailing; ails.
  • It is remarkable, that this word is never used but with some indefinite term, or the word no thing; as What ails him? ... Thus we never say, a fever ails him. [Johnson]
  • verb hurt
Example sentences :
  • Somethin' seemed to ail him and he couldn't make out what 'twas.
  • Extract from : « Thankful's Inheritance » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Weel, maybe I was thinkin' hoo I wad leuk at her gin onything did ail her.
  • Extract from : « David Elginbrod » by George MacDonald
  • Seek your sa' where you got your ail, and beg your barm where you buy your ale.
  • Extract from : « The Proverbs of Scotland » by Alexander Hislop
  • O, what can ail thee, knight at arms, So haggard and so woe-begone?
  • Extract from : « Mitch Miller » by Edgar Lee Masters
  • O, what can ail thee, knight at arms, Alone and palely loitering?
  • Extract from : « Mitch Miller » by Edgar Lee Masters
  • The adult ram is signified by the word "ayil," or "ail," and the ewe by "rakal."
  • Extract from : « Bible Animals; » by J. G. Wood
  • No, nothing might ail him bodily; but mentally—ah, how much!
  • Extract from : « Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series » by Mrs. Henry Wood
  • His shin and his knee are hardly to be seen to ail any thing.
  • Extract from : « Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded » by Samuel Richardson
  • The idea that he could ever ail in mind or body never occurred to her.
  • Extract from : « The Tree of Knowledge » by Mrs. Baillie Reynolds
  • I trust I may be justified in telling thee that there is not much to ail my girl.
  • Extract from : « Marion Fay » by Anthony Trollope

Antonyms for ail

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