ailing

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ailing (plural ailings)

  1. An ailment.
    • 1913, Joseph C[rosby] Lincoln, chapter V, in Mr. Pratt’s Patients, New York, N.Y., London: D[aniel] Appleton and Company, →OCLC:
      When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.

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ailing

  1. present participle and gerund of ail

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ailing (comparative more ailing, superlative most ailing)

  1. Sickly; sick; ill; unwell.
    She cared for her ailing brother day in, day out.
    • 2021 February 24, “Fleet News: Class 66 history”, in RAIL, number 925, page 27:
      Based on the successful Class 59 but with a much more modern engine, what was to become the Class 66 was designed to replace much of the company's elderly and ailing locomotive fleet.

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