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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 backache
Historical Examples
  • I went down to see her two or three times afore I was took with this backache.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Did a man ever have a backache like the dragging, pulling, tearing ache of a woman?

  • The fireplace is high so that one tending it does not have to stoop and get a backache.

  • I had headache and backache and I cannot tell what aches besides.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • I used to get tired and have backache and roll around in bed.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • After digging for half-an-hour or so, get her to rub your back with any of the backache cures.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • Let us take as an illustration the hysteric headache or backache.

  • These may be cleaned and handled without giving the backache to women.

    The Upward Path Various
  • This second backache did not cause any noticeable interruption in the day's routine.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • Look at all them little stones, h'every one of them as cost me backache and sweat.

    Golden Stories Various
British Dictionary definitions for backache


an ache or pain in one's back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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backache 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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