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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Another frequent headache is Sound Transit’s SeaTac/Airport Station next to International Boulevard South, where rider alerts sometimes tell elevator users to try neighboring stations. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Escalators at UW light-rail station keep breaking down; Sound Transit will improve them — and open a staircase," 26 Oct. 2018 Migraine auras and pounding headaches are inconstant partners. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Teigen’s children and husband and even Paul the bulldog live partly in public (one current headache: brands sending unsolicited clothing for Luna and Miles, which Teigen passes along to charity). Gillian Laab, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen on Kanye, Getting Blocked by Trump, and Actually Caring About Her Comments," 16 Oct. 2018 Exposure to a small amount of CO over an extended period of time or a large amount of CO in a shorter amount of time can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, or headaches. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "SAFETY ALERT: Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Probably Just Expired This Year," 21 Sep. 2018 The curriculum at Rockhurst High School [in Kansas City, Mo.] isn't what's giving students and staff headaches. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "The GOP battle for the speakership intensifies," 7 Sep. 2018 Whitcomb pointed out that the rise of hobbyist drones arguably presents a larger legal headache for everyday citizens than police use does. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles," 8 June 2018 This caused a big headache for the InSight mission two years ago. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why NASA is launching a spacecraft to Mars to feel the planet as it rumbles," 3 May 2018 More than thirty-seven million Americans suffer from migraine attacks, according to the American Headache Society. Of these, about 4 million have chronic migraine and suffer headaches for 10 to 14 days a month. NBC News, "New drug uses antibodies to stop chronic migraines, without side effects," 17 Apr. 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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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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