earache

noun
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 On March 20, Brown had an earache and an unrelenting fever. Deon J. Hampton, Cincinnati.com, "12 days of fearing or her life and ‘it doesn’t look good,’ woman shares experience with coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 If ailments such as earaches, sore throats and cold-and-flu symptoms are viral rather than bacterial, antibiotics would be ineffective. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Patients Often Get Antibiotics Without a Doctor Visit, Study Finds," 3 Feb. 2020 If a student in another building reports an earache, for example, the school will call the child’s parents for consent to begin a telemedicine exam. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron Children’s Hospital program brings health clinics to Akron, Warren schools," 17 Oct. 2019 The health centers treat students who have a sore throat, rash, pink eye, stomachache, cough, earache and other minor illnesses, the hospital said. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron Children’s Hospital program brings health clinics to Akron, Warren schools," 17 Oct. 2019 Signs and symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, loss of appetite, weakness, earache and swelling in the neck or jaw. orlandosentinel.com, "Florida school says it has 1 confirmed case of Mumps," 8 Oct. 2019 Some people believe that teething leads to health problems like runny noses, fever, colds, and earaches, but these are myths. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "When Do Babies Start Teething? The Facts Every Parent Should Know," 9 Aug. 2019 When the girl had arrived at the ER, she was put in a busy area, where children with earaches or broken arms typically sit. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn," 24 June 2019 Passengers were treated for everything from nausea to headaches to earaches, ABC News reported, with others bleeding from the nose, mouth and ears, according to German outlet Spiegel Online. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Ryanair ‘downplaying’ emergency landing that sent dozens to hospital after 'nightmare' flight, passenger says," 16 July 2018

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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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“Earache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earache. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for earache

earache

noun
How to pronounce earache (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear

earache

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

Kids Definition of earache

: an ache or pain in the ear

earache

noun
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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