head cold


Definition of head cold

: a common cold centered in the nasal passages and adjacent mucous tissues

Examples of head cold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cumberworth recalls Thanksgiving was the evening her COVID-19 symptoms — until then, like a bad head cold — began moving into her chest. Claire Withycombe, oregonlive, "Things seemed normal during pandemic until COVID-19 came to ‘little small town’," 21 Dec. 2020 Hanks wanders into this stressful situation with the energy of a tired uncle, constantly complaining about his bad head cold and reciting bits of the U.S. Constitution to anyone who will listen. David Sims, The Atlantic, "In Search of the Ultimate Comfort Movie," 31 Oct. 2020 Classic poisons like hemlock, nightshade, aconite, foxglove, opium, and strychnine were used to treat a range of ails, from the humble head cold to heart conditions, and even worn as makeup. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 Her symptoms felt at first like allergies but escalated to those of a head cold, then the flu. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Doctors didn’t think she would survive COVID-19. More than a month later, she walked out of the hospital," 1 May 2020 Michelle Spencer said her mother Barbara started out with what appeared to be an ordinary head cold. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon (March 28): Patients, families share their COVID-19 stories," 28 Mar. 2020 Despite a head cold, Fiers (11-3) worked seven scoreless innings and allowed only three hits while striking out a season-high eight. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Bald fact: Chapman cuts hair, homers in A’s win; Fiers keeps rolling," 9 Aug. 2019 And the viral infection itself may only cause mild symptoms, like a head cold. Erika Edwards, NBC News, "Doctors urged to look for early signs of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis in kids," 9 July 2019 Spiked ice tea, on the other hand, was more reminiscent of a head cold thanks to a lingering DayQuil taste. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Paula Deen vs. Buddy V: S.A.’s Celebrity Restaurant Smackdown," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of head cold

1848, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2020

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“Head cold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20cold. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of head cold

: a cold that mainly affects areas in your nose, throat, etc., and that makes breathing difficult

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Medical Definition of head cold

: a common cold centered in the nasal passages and adjacent mucous tissues

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