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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Johns has not played in the last two seasons due to post-traumatic headaches, but has practiced with the team for more than a month. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "How Stars defenseman Taylor Fedun is embracing the challenge of being the 7th defenseman on an NHL roster," 8 Jan. 2020 Drug-price inflation, a source of profit and headaches alike for the pharmaceutical industry, is slowing down. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Less Is More for Big Pharma in 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 Laughlin had already given the Man a headache in Hollywood. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Yes, Billy Jack went to Washington. He did not enjoy his visit.," 7 Dec. 2019 Winter storms trigger travel headaches in 30 states An unrelenting winter storm was marching east from the Plains and Midwest on Sunday as weary Thanksgiving weekend travelers made their way home. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 1 Dec. 2019 These patterns can cause headaches in users' inboxes and dents in their wallets. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Buyer beware! These are the tricks online stores use to get you buying more stuff," 29 Nov. 2019 That could mean airport headaches in Dallas and Oklahoma City. Arkansas Online, "Storm piles on misery for holiday travelers," 28 Nov. 2019 Juul Labs has yet another nicotine headache in Massachusetts. BostonGlobe.com, "Juul Labs has yet another nicotine headache in Massachusetts.," 18 Nov. 2019 Mr Erdogan also faces a headache in Idlib, where the Assad regime is gearing up for an offensive that may send another million people, as well as tens of thousands of hardened jihadists, fleeing toward the border with Turkey. The Economist, "Russia and Turkey agree to carve up northern Syria," 24 Oct. 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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The first known use of headache was before the 12th century

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Headache.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headache. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for headache

headache

noun
How to pronounce headache (audio)

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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