Definition of headache in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌāk/


1A continuous pain in the head.
Example sentences
  • The children who reported back pain also complained of abdominal pain, headaches and sore throats.
  • Alternatively, there may be little ocular pain but severe headache and nausea or vomiting.
  • Donna had a headache which developed into severe pain the following day.
pain in the head, migraine;
informal head
1.1 informal A thing or person that causes worry or trouble; a problem: an administrative headache
More example sentences
  • Now the only headache to worry about is a break-down or even worse an accident.
  • But getting to that stage can be fraught with dilemma headaches and expense.
  • The former gas works at Heworth Green has been a worry to residents and a headache to planners for years.
nuisance, trouble, problem, bother, bugbear, pest, worry, inconvenience, vexation, irritant, thorn in one's side
informal aggravation, hassle, pain (in the neck)



Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌākē/
Example sentences
  • Already, I am feeling the headachy, irritability that I know to expect for the first 5 days - but I know that is because I had begun to cut down the numbers before today anyway… so I guess I cheated in a way…
  • This can range from rolling over in your bed, turning off the alarm and noticing that you feel nauseous, headachy and out of sorts to awakening half-clothed in your closet and wondering why someone is banging on your head with a baseball bat.
  • He's originally a guitarist, not a DJ, so he doesn't claim to be a master of beats - even if his midtempo breaks are remarkably satisfying, neither trip hop pokey nor hardcore headachy.

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Syllabification: head·ache

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