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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. somewhat ill or prone to illness;
- Example: "my poor ailing grandmother"
- Example: "feeling a bit indisposed today"
- Example: "you look a little peaked"
- Example: "feeling poorly"
- Example: "a sickly child"
- Example: "is unwell and can't come to work"
[syn: ailing, indisposed, peaked(p), poorly(p), sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedy]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ail \Ail\ ([=a]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ailed ([=a]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Ailing.] [OE. eilen, ailen, AS. eglan to trouble, pain; akin to Goth. us-agljan to distress, agls troublesome, irksome, aglo, aglitha, pain, and prob. to E. awe. [root]3.] To affect with pain or uneasiness, either physical or mental; to trouble; to be the matter with; -- used to express some uneasiness or affection, whose cause is unknown; as, what ails the man? I know not what ails him. [1913 Webster] What aileth thee, Hagar? --Gen. xxi. 17. [1913 Webster] Note: It is never used to express a specific disease. We do not say, a fever ails him; but, something ails him. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

ailing \ailing\ adj. sick; unhealthy. Opposite of well or healthy. Syn: indisposed, peaked(predicate), poorly(predicate), sickly, unwell. [WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ailing adj 1: 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" [syn: ailing, indisposed, peaked(p), poorly(p), sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedy]