ailing


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ail

 (āl)
v. ailed, ail·ing, ails
v.intr.
To feel ill or have pain: has been ailing for weeks.
v.tr.
To cause physical or mental pain or uneasiness to; trouble. See Synonyms at trouble.

[Middle English eilen, from Old English eglian, from egle, troublesome.]

ailing

(ˈeɪlɪŋ)
adj
unwell or unsuccessful
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ailing - somewhat ill or prone to illnessailing - somewhat ill or prone to illness; "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work"
ill, sick - affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function; "ill from the monotony of his suffering"

ailing

adjective
1. weak, failing, poor, flawed, unstable, feeble, unsatisfactory, deficient, unsound A rise in overseas sales is good news for the ailing economy.
2. ill, suffering, poorly, diseased, sick, weak, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), feeble, invalid, debilitated, sickly, unwell, infirm, off colour, under the weather (informal), indisposed She stopped working to care for her ailing mother.

ailing

adjective
Affected or tending to be affected with minor health problems:
Translations

ailing

[ˈeɪlɪŋ] ADJ [person] → enfermo, achacoso; [industry, economy] → debilitado

ailing

[ˈeɪlɪŋ] adj
[organization, economy] → malade
(old-fashioned) (= ill) [person] → souffrant(e)

ailing

adj (lit)kränklich, kränkelnd; (fig) industry, economy etckrankend, krank

ailing

[ˈeɪlɪŋ] adjinfermo/a, sofferente; (fig, economy, industry) → in difficoltà

ailing

a. achacoso-a, enfermizo-a.
References in classic literature ?
Your high-spiced wines are not better liked than a red-skin relishes this water; especially when his natur' is ailing.
Yes, they are soldiers, those little people; and healthy, too, not ailing any more, the way they used to be sometimes.
When something fresh in this line came out she was in a fever, right away, to try it; not on herself, for she was never ailing, but on anybody else that came handy.
Earnshaw did not understand jokes from his children: he had always been strict and grave with them; and Catherine, on her part, had no idea why her father should be crosser and less patient in his ailing condition than he was in his prime.
Excepting the one case of seeing her face close, with a strong light on it, nobody who now looked at Magdalen could have suspected for an instant that she was other t han an ailing, ill-made, unattractive woman of fifty years old at least.
He was ailing at that time, poor fellow, and she married her lover, that she might tend and comfort him in our cottage--our dog-hut, as that man would call it.
He was ailing a long time - a shattered, broken man, these many years.
He was still ailing, it was said, and the Squire nursed him like the proverbial woman.
It's an errand to you brought me, Dinah," said Adam, apparently unconscious that he was holding her hand all the while; "mother's a bit ailing, and she's set her heart on your coming to stay the night with her, if you'll be so kind.
After diligently observing the ailing member, he commenced manipulating it; and on the supposition probably that the complaint had deprived the leg of all sensation, began to pinch and hammer it in such a manner that I absolutely roared with pain.
I am a poor, ailing priest, always complaining, always grumbling, and inclined to the austerities which appear to accord with old age, -- preliminary parlayings with death.
Another day--two at the most--and I have my case complete, but until then guard your charge as closely as ever a fond mother watched her ailing child.