Definition of lumbago in US English:



  • Pain in the muscles and joints of the lower back.

    • ‘Lower back pain, also referred to as lumbago, affects 4 out of 5 people at some time in their lives.’
    • ‘Dr. Naim's diagnosis was high blood pressure and lumbago.’
    • ‘I wanted to tell her all about my lumbago, but she gets that all the time.’
    • ‘I know I had diabetes, meningitis and acute ingestion, besides gastritis, rheumatism, lumbago and neuritis.’
    • ‘Macmillan is a martyr to his gallstones and lumbago, and whenever possible he prefers to spend the morning in bed, devouring classic works of 18 th-century political history.’
    • ‘At times, lumbago is persistent and with no apparent cause; however, the most likely factor is the formation of nodules and adhesions, which impinge on nearby nerves.’
    • ‘Clinical applications include the control of pain in osteoarthritis, lumbago and migraine, and anaesthesia for certain surgical procedures, as well as other ailments of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.’
    • ‘It was the only position she could bear, because of her lumbago.’
    • ‘It is very suitable for treatment of: diseases of the motor system, diseases of the peripheral nervous, lumbago, chronic obliterating diseases of the peripheral arteries and others.’
    • ‘A faith healer offers to heal Joe of his lumbago.’
    • ‘His mistake was to anger his nephew, who proclaimed a republic in a bloodless coup in 1973 while he was on an island off Naples, taking mud baths for his lumbago.’
    • ‘Whether it be lumbago, angina or merely the merciless ravages of time that are getting you down, the answer to your problem may well lie at the bottom of the garden.’
    • ‘It seems the Chinese believe that this rhino's horn cures everything from lumbago to laryngitis, and they will pay anything to get it.’
    • ‘This exercise will improve neck and spine flexibility, help to relieve trapped nerves and alleviate backache, neck pain, lumbago and mild forms of sciatica.’
    • ‘If, however, his lumbago is flaring up and so Great-Aunt Matilda will be taking over for this year only, I have no idea how the turkey will be.’
    • ‘He frequently travelled abroad and it was during one trip in 1973, while taking mudbaths near Naples for his lumbago, that he was overthrown.’
    • ‘It is like an injection, as when someone gets lumbago and receives a shot.’
    • ‘However, apart from acute lumbago due to carrying all this around, I still had two hands with which to shop.’


Late 17th century: from Latin, from lumbus ‘loin’.