backache

noun

back·​ache ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio)
: a pain in the lower back

Examples of backache in a Sentence

a patient suffering from backache
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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of backache was in 1601

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“Backache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backache. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

backache

noun
back·​ache ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio)
: pain usually in the lower back

Medical Definition

backache

noun
back·​ache ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio)
: a pain in the lower back
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