headache

noun

head·​ache ˈhed-ˌāk How to pronounce headache (audio)
1
: pain in the head
2
: a vexatious or baffling situation or problem
meetings had become a giant headacheFranklin Foer
headachy adjective
or less commonly headachey

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web So much of tipping, especially in the restaurant industry, is a matter of convention rather than rule, so deciphering current etiquette is headache-inducing for many people. Dallas News, 24 Jan. 2023 Divisional lineups are going to present the Rangers with all kinds of headache-inducing issues for a long time. Dallas News, 28 July 2022 By the fall, 2000 Mules had become the headache that kept on giving. David Marques, The New Republic, 28 Dec. 2022 Mann said the advantages of his technology are many, from breaking down language barriers and fomenting cross-border empathy to sparing actors the headache of reshoots. Brian Contrerasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Dec. 2022 In the waters near Doha, a handful of wealthy soccer lovers moored ships on which to watch the matches, which end on Sunday, without the headache of navigating the stadium. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 14 Dec. 2022 This tip will save your relative the headache of dealing with spam. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2022 And yet, with a thriving career as a dance maestro, why take on the headache of coming up with a whole new show, too — literally dreaming up just about every bit of it? Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 Imagine the headache of navigating a library with books being moved around every week and books from the same genre being split throughout the building rather than being kept together. Lior Elazary, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of headache was before the 12th century

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“Headache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headache. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

headache

noun
head·​ache ˈhed-ˌāk How to pronounce headache (audio)
1
: pain in the head
2
: an annoying or baffling situation or problem
headachy adjective

Medical Definition

headache

noun
head·​ache ˈhed-ˌāk How to pronounce headache (audio)
: pain in the head

called also cephalalgia

headachy adjective

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