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Yes. The word ail is a Scrabble US word. The word ail is worth 3 points in Scrabble:

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3 letters words from 'ail'

AIL 3 

2 letters words from 'ail'

AI 2AL 2
LA 2LI 2

All 3 letters words made out of ail

ail ial ali lai ila lia

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Definitions and meaning of ail

ail

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /eɪl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪl
  • Homophone: ale

Etymology 1

From Middle English eilen, from Old English eġlan, eġlian (to trouble, afflict), cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 (agljan, to distress).

Verb

ail (third-person singular simple present ails, present participle ailing, simple past and past participle ailed)

  1. (transitive) To cause to suffer; to trouble, afflict. (Now chiefly in interrogative or indefinite constructions.)
    Have some chicken soup. It's good for what ails you.
    • Bible, Genesis xxi. 17
      What aileth thee, Hagar?
    • 2011, "Connubial bliss in America", The Economist:
      Not content with having in 1996 put a Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the statue book, Congress has now begun to hold hearings on a Respect for Marriage Act. Defended, respected: what could possibly ail marriage in America?
  2. (intransitive) To be ill; to suffer; to be troubled.
    • (Can we date this quote by Richardson and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      When he ails ever so little [] he is so peevish.
Quotations
  • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:ail.
Translations

Noun

ail (plural ails)

  1. (obsolete) An ailment; trouble; illness.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English eyle, eile, from Old English eġle (hideous, loathsome, hateful, horrid, troublesome, grievous, painful). Cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌻𐌿𐍃 (aglus, hard, difficult).

Adjective

ail (comparative ailer or more ail, superlative ailest or most ail)

  1. (obsolete) Painful; troublesome.

Etymology 3

From Middle English eile, eyle, eiȝle, from Old English eġl (an ail; awn; beard of barley; mote), from Proto-Germanic *agilō (awn). Cognate with German Achel, Egel, Ägel.

Alternative forms

  • ile

Noun

ail (plural ails)

  1. The awn of barley or other types of corn.

Anagrams

  • -ial, Ali, IAL, LIA, Lai, ali-, lai

Dalmatian

Alternative forms

  • alj

Etymology

From Latin allium.

Noun

ail

  1. garlic

French

Etymology

From Old French, from Latin allium.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /aj/
  • Homophones: aïe, aille, ailles, aillent, ails

Noun

ail m (plural ails or aulx)

  1. garlic

Derived terms

  • alliacé
  • ailler

Further reading

  • “ail” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • lai, lia

Irish

Alternative forms

  • oil

Etymology

From Old Irish ail (boulder, rock), from Proto-Celtic *ɸales-, from Proto-Indo-European *pelis-, *pels- (stone).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /alʲ/

Noun

ail f (genitive singular aileach, nominative plural aileacha)

  1. stone, rock

Declension

  • Archaic plural: ailche

Derived terms

  • ail leachta, ail in úir (headstone, monument)

Related terms

  • aill (cliff, precipice)
  • ailt (side of a glen)

Mutation

References

Further reading

  • "ail" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019), “1 ail”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language
  • “ail” in Foclóir Gaeḋilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 2nd ed., 1927, by Patrick S. Dinneen.
  • Finck, F. N. (1899), Die araner mundart, Marburg: Elwert’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, vol. II, p. 22.

Middle English

Etymology 1

Noun

ail

  1. Alternative form of ale (beer)

Etymology 2

Noun

ail

  1. Alternative form of hayle (hail)

Norman

Etymology

From Old French, from Latin allium.

Noun

ail m (uncountable)

  1. (Jersey) garlic

Old Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /alʲ/

Verb

·ail

  1. third-person singular present indicative conjunct of ailid

Mutation


Welsh

Etymology

From Proto-Brythonic *ėl, from Proto-Celtic *alyos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos (other).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ai̯l/

Adjective

ail (feminine singular ail, plural ail, not comparable) (triggers soft mutation)

  1. second (ordinal number)

Derived terms

  • ail-, eil-
  • eiliad

Mutation


Source: wiktionary.org
  • to be indisposed.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)