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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Any indication of a systemic engine issue could turn into another headache for Southwest or other operators of the beleaguered jetliner. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Southwest Inspects 737 MAX Jet Engines After March Malfunction," 12 Apr. 2019 That headache might explain the movement toward alternative bridal looks, from ivory suits to non-bridal dresses that aren’t even white. Vogue, "5 Fresh Ideas for the Bride Who Hates Wedding Dresses," 11 Apr. 2019 Other symptoms include memory problems, concentration issues, and headaches. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Sleep Do I Need?," 21 Mar. 2019 The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 Bad headaches, couldn't eat nothing, couldn't drink much. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why 'The Voice' Contestant Dexter Roberts's Past Is Causing Controversy," 11 Mar. 2019 If all this sounds like a huge headache, grab an external hard drive and turn on Time Machine (Mac) or File History (PC) to create backups. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How to Recover Your Data from a Dead Hard Drive," 17 Jan. 2019 Still, the branding of it all is an absolute nightmare, and is an additional headache computer and smartphone buyers don't need. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "USB 3.2's horrible new branding scheme may create confusion for PC buyers," 26 Feb. 2019 Locals say that in the early 19th century, the Dutch Governor-General Albert Kikkert suffered from migraine headaches made worse by the reflection of the bright Caribbean sun on white buildings. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 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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