sore throat


: pain in the throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At first, Chase thought her sore throat, achiness and grogginess were indicative of a cold. Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 My perpetual sore throat seemed to recover almost immediately, and my energy levels felt noticeably higher. Parth Trivedi, Forbes, 12 May 2021 But the hospital had no space or Covid-19 testing kits and sent him home with only medication to soothe his sore throat. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021 Spano adds that zinc gluconate taken within 24 hours after the onset of common cold symptoms can help reduce duration and severity, especially if a sore throat is present. Pamela Nisevich Bede, Outside Online, 26 Mar. 2020 Symptoms can range from mild cold-like ailments like sneezing, sore throat, fever, and stuffy nose to pneumonia, which can prove fatal. Byerin Prater, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 But there are potential drawbacks to these drugs, including pain from the injections, headache, sore throat, fatigue, and a risk for allergic reactions. Markham Heid, Time, 21 Oct. 2022 The viral disease has symptoms including intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea and rashes among others. Fox News, 3 Oct. 2022 Some people also report getting flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes, chills or exhaustion. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sore throat was in 1629

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“Sore throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

sore throat


: a throat that is painful because of inflammation

Medical Definition

sore throat


: painful throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

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