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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Some issues were resolved but other headaches continued, according to the BBB. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Exiting a timeshare could be another route to a rip-off, BBB says," 7 June 2019 That is adding to regulatory headaches for the tech giants, and potentially adding to the pressure on federal officials. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "States Prepare to Launch Investigations Into Tech Giants," 7 June 2019 The Beatles' New York arrival would become a historical moment, and the thousands of screaming girls trying to push past police officers outside the hotel—while certainly a headache for staff—would prove good for business. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Plaza's 10 Juiciest Secrets Revealed," 7 June 2019 This caused so many headaches that often Sony in-game support people had to mediate. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "EverQuest’s long, strange 20-year trip still has no end in sight," 6 June 2019 The steady and at times heavy precipitation left players and fans alike with one big headache at the only grand slam which doesn't have a roof. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "French Open: Rain keeps Djokovic, Halep off court in wet Paris," 5 June 2019 That first herpes outbreak may also cause flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and headaches, the CDC says, all of which are a sign that your immune system is putting up a valiant fight against the virus. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Here’s Why Doctors Don’t Usually Test for Herpes," 10 May 2019 Actually installing a full brick floor inside can be a major headache, though. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "An Insanely Easy Way to Get an Antique Brick Floor," 13 Feb. 2019 An airline crew on a flight over Mumbai forgot to pressurize the airplane’s cabin, causing dozens of passengers to suffer nosebleeds, headaches, and unconsciousness. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Passengers Injured After Flight Crew Forgets to Pressurize Cabin," 21 Sep. 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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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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