Definition of headache in English:



  • 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.’
      nuisance, trouble, problem, issue, bother, bugbear, hassle, pain, pest, worry, inconvenience, vexation, irritant, source of irritation, source of annoyance, bane of one's life, thorn in one's flesh
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