noun head·wark

Definition of headwark



chiefly dialectal British

  1. :  headache

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Origin and Etymology of headwark

Middle English hedewerk, from Old English hēafodwærc, from hēafod head + wærc pain; akin to Old English weorc work — more at head, wark

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to criticize severely

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