earache

noun

ear·​ache ˈir-ˌāk How to pronounce earache (audio)
: an ache or pain in the ear

Examples of earache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, students may even attend with an earache, diarrhea or wheezing, according to the health department’s guidelines. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 While children may have a harder time distinguishing a bug in their ear from a general earache, adults should be able to tell right away. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2023 Humans have been using castoreum for more than 2,000 years, mostly to cure ailments like headaches, earaches, toothaches, fevers and gout. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 Her son, Cowboy, had to live with the knowledge that his father had tried to kill him, with only luck and an earache saving him from dying in the explosion at the Smiths’ house. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 Swimming in polluted water can lead to illnesses, such as nausea, sore throat, earache, skin rash, or fever. Emma Obregón Dominguez, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2023 Cruise ship medical facilities can treat a wide range of ailments, from earaches to heart attacks. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 1 May 2023 According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, an urgent care facility is likely a good choice for minor injuries or illnesses — cough, sore throat, earache, rash, minor cuts, etc. — or if the doctor’s office is closed. Oliver Kharraz, STAT, 2 May 2023 In almost every case, kids would get an earache or a sinus infection, with a headache and fever, Bragg told CNN. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earache was in 1678

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“Earache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earache. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

earache

noun
ear·​ache ˈi(ə)r-ˌāk How to pronounce earache (audio)
: an ache or pain in the ear

Medical Definition

earache

noun
ear·​ache ˈi(ə)r-ˌāk How to pronounce earache (audio)
: an ache or pain in the ear

called also otalgia

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