tooth·​ache ˈtüth-ˌāk How to pronounce toothache (audio)
: pain in or about a tooth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To take an analogy, consider a person who has a toothache but is afraid to visit the dentist in order to get a cavity filled. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 The content was coded using pre-established, non-mutually-exclusive categories, including the experience of dental pain, actions taken or contemplated in response to a toothache, impact on daily life, and advice sought from the Twitter community. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2013 As a result, the person delays making an appointment, and the toothache gets worse. Hersh Shefrin, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Natalie: If his toothache gets bad enough, rainbow fentanyl might be a really good solution! The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2022 Hair flossing, tooth gems and teeth filing: These DIY dental trends on TikTok are giving dentists a toothache. Chaseedaw Giles, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2022 Although Bayer lost the trademark in 1918, its name was still commonly used for aspirin, a popular remedy for toothache. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 In April 2018, Emma Webster, 29, was rushed into a root canal surgery after complaining to her dentist of a toothache. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Now it can be maladapted, making FOMO feel like a toothache. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 25 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of toothache was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Toothache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


tooth·​ache ˈtü-ˌthāk How to pronounce toothache (audio)
: pain in or near a tooth

Medical Definition


tooth·​ache ˈtüth-ˌāk How to pronounce toothache (audio)
: pain in or about a tooth

called also odontalgia

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