headache

noun
head·​ache | \ ˈhed-ˌāk \

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 \ 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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Trichlorothylene, which can cause dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "12 Houseplants That Purify Your Home's Air," 7 Jan. 2019 The boys and their family members have been told to watch for symptoms such as headache, nausea, muscle pain or difficulty breathing, the reports added. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals," 10 July 2018 Helps with migraines Many women are more likely to experience migraines (and headaches in general), leading up to and during their menstrual cycle. Arielle Egozi, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Reasons Why Period Sex is Actually the Best Sex," 6 July 2018 Symptoms of plague in humans include sudden onset of fever, chills, headache, and weakness. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "SW Idaho cat infected in problem area known for previous plague cases," 26 June 2018 Aldana said his client has suffered headaches and was diagnosed with a possible concussion as well as post-traumatic stress. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vista man whose rough arrest was recorded to face trial for domestic violence," 12 June 2018 Digestion stops, climbers can suffer crippling headaches, and fluid build up in the brain or lungs (cerebral and pulmonary edemas) can become fatal. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 Dermoid cysts in the brain or along the spine can cause neurologic symptoms like weakness or headache, Dr. Colley says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 That being said, if symptoms including vomiting, painful congestion, or intense headaches persist, see a doctor to be sure something more serious isn't going on. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 All-Natural Strategies for Fighting the Cold and Flu This Winter," 8 Jan. 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of headache

: pain in the head

called also cephalalgia

Other Words from headache

headachy \ -​ˌā-​kē \ adjective

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