headache

noun head·ache \ ˈhed-ˌāk \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of headache

1 :pain in the head
2 :a vexatious or baffling situation or problem
  • meetings had become a giant headache
  • —Franklin Foer

headachy

or less commonly headachey play \ˈhed-ˌā-kē\ adjective

Examples of headache in a Sentence

  1. I'm starting to get a headache.

  2. The symptoms include fever and headache.

  3. The city's biggest headache is traffic.

  4. Managing your finances can be a real headache.

Recent Examples of headache from the Web

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First Known Use of headache

before 12th century



HEADACHE Defined for English Language Learners

headache

noun

Definition of headache for English Language Learners

  • : an ache or pain in the head

  • : a difficult or annoying situation or problem


HEADACHE Defined for Kids

headache

noun head·ache \ ˈhed-ˌāk \

Definition of headache for Students

1 :pain in the head
2 :something that annoys or confuses
  • This traffic is a real headache.

Medical Dictionary

headache

noun head·ache \ ˈhed-ˌāk \

medical Definition of headache

:pain in the head called also cephalalgia

headachy

play \-ˌā-kē\ adjective


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