Synonyms for ails

Grammar : Verb
Spell : eyl
Phonetic Transcription : eɪl

Définition of ails

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 :
  • The child sobbed dreadfully, and could scarcely say, "I do not know what ails my mother."
  • Extract from : « Rico and Wiseli » by Johanna Spyri
  • Why—it never can be that—old Butterby—Arthur, what ails you?
  • Extract from : « The Channings » by Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I never knew you so sharp on a neighbour, Honor, before:—what ails ye?
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • Let's take a look in that clump of bushes and see who is there, and what ails him.
  • Extract from : « The Dare Boys of 1776 » by Stephen Angus Cox
  • What ails Mignon that he should be looking at his wife in that severe way?
  • Extract from : « Nana, The Miller's Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille » by Emile Zola
  • What ails you, Hook; are you going to let Eliot softsoap round you?
  • Extract from : « Rival Pitchers of Oakdale » by Morgan Scott
  • What ails the little rascal now to make him feel so savage about that moose?
  • Extract from : « Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay » by G. Harvey Ralphson
  • My general health is good, but what ails me is a sore heart.
  • Extract from : « The Shellback's Progress » by Walter Runciman
  • "I wonder what ails it," he added, as he turned the kite about.
  • Extract from : « The Goody-Naughty Book » by Sarah Cory Rippey
  • "I don't see what ails them," responded Steve quite affably.
  • Extract from : « Left End Edwards » by Ralph Henry Barbour

Antonyms for ails

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