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[bak-eyk] /ˈbækˌeɪk/
a pain, especially in the lumbar region of the back, usually caused by the strain of a muscle or ligament.
Origin of backache
First recorded in 1595-1605; back1 + ache Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for back-ache
Historical Examples
  • How could a back-ache over the pea-bed compensate for these felicities?

  • She may soon suffer from, if she does not complain of, back-ache and other attendant troubles, the simple result of weakness.

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • back-ache, the reader will allow, would take the poetry out of a honeymoon trip.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • There was an end of my back-ache when the rod and I could straighten ourselves and leave the men to tail out the fish.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • All across that lake I ate snow, and that and the back-ache legacy of an old strain are my signs of approaching exhaustion.

  • I should have calloused hands and the back-ache at times; but my sleep would be sweet.

    The Seat of Empire Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Mr. Doan, with his back-ache pills, would have done well if he had sent one of his travellers with samples round there that night.

    Bullets & Billets Bruce Bairnsfather
British Dictionary definitions for back-ache


an ache or pain in one's back
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Word Origin and History for back-ache

c.1600, from back (n.) + ache (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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back-ache in Medicine

backache back·ache (bāk'āk')
Discomfort or a pain in the region of the back or spine.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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