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

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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City officials said the fees will be changed for the most common parking infractions and for those that create the biggest headaches for residents and visitors. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "The price for parking violations is going up on Monday. Here’s what you need to know," 26 June 2018 The takeover of the new equipment program by Financial Transaction Management of Reston, Virginia, has caused other headaches, most significant a six-month delay in getting equipment to markets. Jane Black And Leah Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Beryl’s size, however, was causing forecast headaches, the center said. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "Beryl, season's first Atlantic hurricane, takes aim at Caribbean isles," 6 July 2018 His balancing act between the tours has caused some scheduling headaches. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: At 51, Steve Stricker still hanging with young guns at the U.S. Open," 13 June 2018 The product, which is widely used in the wake of the opioid crisis, is made by its Hospira unit that has caused the big drug maker considerable headaches. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Pfizer’s Hospira unit has another recall problem; Carl Icahn buys Allergan stock," 7 June 2018 For example, vitamin A in excess amounts can cause headaches, while excess iron can cause nausea, per the NIH. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Primary Care Doctors Share 9 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Annual Checkup," 31 May 2018 Some of them caused headaches, some caused tears, others caused full-on meltdowns. Victoria Moll-ramirez, Teen Vogue, "I Lost My College Roommate to Gun Violence, and Relive the Pain With Each New Shooting," 26 Apr. 2018 But the rapid spread of wind power in northern Germany, and the lack of transmission lines to the industrial centres farther south, has caused headaches. The Economist, "Power struggleEurope tries to lead the way on clean energy," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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More Definitions for headache

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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