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

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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 As the regulatory battles and lawsuits play out, many small players will continue working with the tech giants that have caused them headaches. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "PopSockets Asks Congress to Rein in Big Tech," 17 Jan. 2020 The first resulted in a weeks-long closure, and ADOT made enhancements after the second to prevent flood damage, but officials remain concerned another major flood could close the road and cause major transportation headaches. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "State of the State: Ducey wants to widen I-10 to 3 lanes south of Phoenix," 13 Jan. 2020 Difficulty in telling the two apart is causing headaches throughout law enforcement. Washington Post, "This farmer had a million-dollar hemp crop — until South Carolina bulldozed it," 11 Jan. 2020 This means demanding more from fewer people, said Dyson, who is also anticipating an economic downturn that could cause even more headaches. BostonGlobe.com, "On Jan. 1, the OT cap for salary workers rises to $35,568. Mass. wants to raise it even higher - The Boston Globe," 27 Dec. 2019 Google's latest Chrome update is causing a headache for users and developers of some Android apps. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Chrome’s data disaster: Browser update wipes out Android app data," 17 Dec. 2019 Wednesday's absence of both Antetokounmpo and Williamson is sure to cause more headaches for ESPN. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis to miss Wednesday's game with right quad tendon soreness, joining Zion on the shelf," 11 Dec. 2019 Copa-Cogeca draws its influence largely from the national farm unions, which can cause political headaches. New York Times, "Who Keeps Europe’s Farm Billions Flowing? Often, Those Who Benefit," 11 Dec. 2019 Third-party vendors have caused Walmart headaches in the past. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Colombia is threatening to sue Walmart over a cocaine-themed holiday sweater," 11 Dec. 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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Last Updated

26 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Headache.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headache. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for headache

headache

noun
How to pronounce headache (audio)

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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