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

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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 Meanwhile, far from posing a separatist threat or minority headache to the Islamic Republic — as pro-Azerbaijan lobbyists suggest — ethnic Azeris are extremely well-integrated in Iran and supportive of the ruling mullahs. Hagop Toghramadjian, National Review, "It’s Time to Get Real About U.S. Interests in the South Caucasus," 13 Oct. 2020 Those numbers give this lover of SEC defenses a headache. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama survives Ole Miss but Georgia is the real test," 11 Oct. 2020 But that aid has become a headache for tens of thousands of people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states who were mistakenly overpaid by their state unemployment offices — and are now being asked to repay the money. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Some states overpaid unemployment benefits — and want the money back," 6 Oct. 2020 Side effects are typically mild and can range from a slight headache and pain at injection site to bruising and poor cosmetic results if not performed properly. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Injectables," 17 Sep. 2020 Apple is finally addressing a major headache for users: Incoming calls will no longer take over your screen on iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Everything you need to know about the iOS 14 update," 15 Sep. 2020 Inventory remains a headache, increasing to more than 21% of 12-month revenue. Thomas Mulier, Bloomberg.com, "H&M’s New CEO Gets Tough With Plan to Eliminate 5% of Stores," 1 Oct. 2020 Then came our 20-pound box of Georgia peaches — delicious but a messy headache to pit — from a roving Tree-Ripe Fruit truck. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast salads, vegetable desserts: A year in a CSA changes her meal plan, fills her freezer," 29 Sep. 2020 Airbnb has gotten serious in the last year about preventing rental listings that could create a headache for the neighborhoods where they’re located. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Airbnb cracks down on party house listings, suspending at least 10 in Dallas," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Headache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headache. Accessed 24 Oct. 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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