- 1ail something (formal) to cause problems for somebody/something They discussed the problems ailing the steel industry.
- 2ail somebody (old use) to make somebody ill/sick What is ailing you? See related entries: Poor health Word Origin Old English eglian, eglan, from egle ‘troublesome’, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic agls
BrE BrE//eɪl//; NAmE NAmE//eɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ail
BrE BrE//eɪl//; NAmE NAmE//eɪl//he / she / it ails
BrE BrE//eɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//eɪlz//past simple ailed
BrE BrE//eɪld//; NAmE NAmE//eɪld//past participle ailed
BrE BrE//eɪld//; NAmE NAmE//eɪld//-ing form ailing
BrE BrE//ˈeɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪlɪŋ//Poor health