ear·​ache | \ ˈir-ˌāk How to pronounce earache (audio) \

Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear

Examples of earache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His illness started with a nagging headache and an earache. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Each person’s story was very different — from an addict with pneumonia to a little girl with an earache — but the care and time Gerada was able to take with each of them remained the same. Longreads, 28 Mar. 2022 The plan to build out its health care footprint seemed to have a shot at success: What busy parent wouldn’t jump at the chance to tackle the grocery list and their child’s earache in a single trip? Erin Brodwin, STAT, 5 Nov. 2021 Tuesday night appearance on Fallon’s talk show after the country singer’s usual guitarist — his producer Dave Cobb — bowed out with an earache. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 My symptoms included runny nose, earache, loss of smell and taste, congestion, diarrhea, fever and chills, joint pain, back pain, and exhaustion. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 22 Jan. 2021 Mark Cheatham, who at first only developed mild symptoms such as a sore throat and earache before being hospitalized, was soon put on a ventilator after suffering extreme shortness of breath, a dangerous symptom of the virus. NBC News, 24 Dec. 2020 In May, the earache came back stronger, this time with a cough. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, 15 Dec. 2020 An earache, a sore throat, low oxygen in the blood, and much more — all are opportunities for remote diagnosis and monitoring. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, 18 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of earache

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earache was in 1678

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15 May 2022

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“Earache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earache. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for earache


ear·​ache | \ ˈir-ˌāk How to pronounce earache (audio) \

Kids Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear


ear·​ache | \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌāk How to pronounce earache (audio) \

Medical Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear

called also otalgia

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