Definition of headache in English:

headache

noun

  • 1A continuous pain in the head.

    ‘I've got a splitting headache’
    ‘she complained of a severe headache’
    • ‘Abdominal pain, chest pain, headaches and back pain were commonly found to be medically unexplained.’
    • ‘These include flu-like symptoms, such as tiredness, headaches and aches and pains.’
    • ‘Short speeches, multiple refills and not much to eat saw me sloping off home with a headache as the group split up.’
    • ‘She had always suffered from frequent headaches and an excruciating pain behind her eyes.’
    • ‘Donna had a headache which developed into severe pain the following day.’
    • ‘He had been told she had a headache and muscle pain, neither of which she had.’
    • ‘Common symptoms include cramps in the legs, and aches and pains in the muscles, headaches and eye pains.’
    • ‘Throughout childhood, severe headaches afflicted Richard, and twice he nearly died.’
    • ‘Some may experience physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach pain and reduced energy.’
    • ‘The children who reported back pain also complained of abdominal pain, headaches and sore throats.’
    • ‘People who get severe or frequent headaches often tend to take ever-increasing quantities of painkillers.’
    • ‘Many women find that their migraine headaches become less severe or disappear when they are pregnant.’
    • ‘You may have a high temperature, aches and pains and a headache a day or so before the rash appears.’
    • ‘But a setback came when he had headaches, nagging pains and dizzy spells.’
    • ‘Symptoms include a severe headache, a stiff neck and a dislike of bright lights.’
    • ‘Since the shooting, Lee has suffered sharp pains and almost constant headaches.’
    • ‘For example, I currently have a severe headache and was sick earlier this morning.’
    • ‘Alternatively, there may be little ocular pain but severe headache and nausea or vomiting.’
    • ‘A mother asked about her daughter who had been suffering severe headaches for some months.’
    • ‘As well as the aesthetic results, many patients find that straightening their teeth rids then of headaches and neck pain.’
    sore head, migraine
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    1. 1.1informal A thing or person that causes worry or difficulty; a problem.
      ‘an administrative headache’
      • ‘Saturday almost brought another selection headache for Shutt ahead of tonight's game.’
      • ‘But getting to that stage can be fraught with dilemma headaches and expense.’
      • ‘Let this be a warning to all who wish to save themselves the headache and hassle.’
      • ‘It's a headache that can become a serious issue if problems don't arise until sets of keys have been exchanged.’
      • ‘Many managers would be delighted to have such a selection headache.’
      • ‘Moorby's only selection headache revolves around the loss of skipper James Rushforth.’
      • ‘Operational, logistical and cultural problems are the main international headaches.’
      • ‘The premium is there so any hassles become Tech Support's headaches.’
      • ‘The resulting damage from wires being chewed can cause major headaches.’
      • ‘Shoppers and parked vehicles sometimes block the route, causing a major headache for drivers.’
      • ‘The former gas works at Heworth Green has been a worry to residents and a headache to planners for years.’
      • ‘This is a real headache and a major problem after a crash or when viruses delete files.’
      • ‘Now the only headache to worry about is a break-down or even worse an accident.’
      • ‘Dividing by zero, on the other hand, proved to be a more troublesome pursuit and is still causing headaches today.’

Pronunciation:

headache

/ˈhɛdeɪk/