Definition of headache in US English:

headache

noun

  • 1A continuous pain in the head.

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

headache

/ˈhedˌāk//ˈhɛdˌeɪk/