headache

noun
head·​ache | \ ˈhed-ˌāk How to pronounce headache (audio) \

Definition of headache

1 : pain in the head
2 : a vexatious or baffling situation or problem meetings had become a giant headache— Franklin Foer

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Other Words from headache

headachy or less commonly headachey \ ˈhed-​ˌā-​kē How to pronounce headachey (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for headache

Synonyms

bear, beast, chore, job, killer, labor

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Examples of headache in a Sentence

I'm starting to get a headache. The symptoms include fever and headache. The city's biggest headache is traffic. Managing your finances can be a real headache.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Mumps is a virus that causes swollen glands, puffy cheeks, fever, headaches and, in severe cases, hearing loss and meningitis. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 Mumps is a contagious virus that causes swollen glands, puffy cheeks, fever, headaches and, in severe cases, hearing loss and meningitis. Washington Post, "Mumps sickens hundreds of detained migrants in 19 states," 31 Aug. 2019 Chest pain, coughing, asthma attacks, headaches and shortness of breath are just some symptoms the smoke can cause. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Coughing, breathing issues, sore eyes: As wildfire smoke cloaks Anchorage, people feel its effects," 24 Aug. 2019 Her excruciating fever, headaches and bloody diarrhoea have gone. The Economist, "How do you reform a country where gunmen torch Ebola clinics?," 2 Aug. 2019 Drake Kiderlen is a 12-year-old gamer from Troy, Mo. who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in summer 2018 after bouts of vomiting, severe headaches and crossed eyes sent him to the emergency room. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Drake is a 12-year-old who's kicking cancer's butt. His wish is to play D&D at Gen Con.," 30 July 2019 Given the workers’ reported symptoms — balance problems, sleep and thinking difficulties, headaches and other complaints — the researchers had expected the cerebellum, near the brain stem, to be affected. Lindsey Tanner, Los Angeles Times, "Victims of Havana embassy ‘sonic attack’ have distinctly different brains, MRIs show," 23 July 2019 Methanol poisoning can cause confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches and the inability to coordinate muscle movements. CNN, "Tainted alcohol kills 19 in Costa Rica, ministry says, urging caution," 21 July 2019 In 2018, the Tucker family learned that DyAnna Tucker had a cyst in the middle of her brain, which had been causing intense pain, massive headaches and blackouts for months. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "After successful brain surgery, Cypress family hopes to pay it forward," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of headache

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headache was before the 12th century

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headache

noun

English Language Learners Definition of headache

: an ache or pain in the head
: a difficult or annoying situation or problem

headache

noun
head·​ache | \ ˈhed-ˌāk How to pronounce headache (audio) \

Kids Definition of headache

1 : pain in the head
2 : something that annoys or confuses This traffic is a real headache.

headache

noun
head·​ache | \ ˈhed-ˌāk How to pronounce headache (audio) \

Medical Definition of headache

: pain in the head

called also cephalalgia

Other Words from headache

headachy \ -​ˌā-​kē How to pronounce headachy (audio) \ adjective

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