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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But it's also caused headaches for the South African firm. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The trade war is quiet. Smart money sees a chance to take risks," 11 Sep. 2019 The pending sale of the Egyptian has already caused some headaches for people in the local film community, including Sylvia Minassian, founder of the Arpa International Film Festival. Ryan Faughnderstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "What happens when Netflix buys Hollywood’s iconic Egyptian Theatre? It’s complicated," 6 Sep. 2019 The We Company’s troubles could cause new headaches for SoftBank, which has invested in the company from its own coffers and through its nearly $100 billion Vision Fund. New York Times, "After Breakneck Expansion, WeWork Stumbles as It Nears I.P.O.," 5 Sep. 2019 Growth also is causing big headaches, especially at UC San Diego, where enrollment grew by nearly 11,000 over the past decade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego universities worry about growth, money, violence as fall classes begin," 26 Aug. 2019 Much of the damage and United Illuminating outages were centered in Fairfield, Hamden and Milford, where localized flooding and downed trees caused headaches for first responders into the night. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Strong thunderstorms, lighting cause damage and power outages across southern Connecticut," 20 Aug. 2019 But with New Delhi and others threatening to cause headaches for giant companies by passing their own unilateral tax laws, the powers-that-be are genuinely considering systems that would dent the profit-shifting status quo. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The Mauritius Leaks show the West profiting from poor nations while depriving them of tax revenue," 27 July 2019 But the public will have opportunities this week to have a say in the project that inevitably could cause major traffic headaches in the region. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Sherman Minton Bridge may fully close for construction. Will other bridge tolls be waived?," 23 July 2019 One reason Trump has continued to exert pressure on the Fed is a growing fear that the economy could be slowing, a predicament that could cause major political headaches for Republicans heading into 2020. Damian Paletta, Washington Post, "Trump insists Fed should cut interest rates, even though economists say that’s usually a sign of ‘economic distress’," 19 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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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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