back·​ache | \ ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio) \

Definition of backache

: a pain in the lower back

Examples of backache in a Sentence

a patient suffering from backache
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First Known Use of backache

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Backache.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of backache

: pain in the back


back·​ache | \ ˈbak-ˌāk How to pronounce backache (audio) \

Medical Definition of backache

: a pain in the lower back

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