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[eer-eyk] /ˈɪərˌeɪk/
pain in the ear; otalgia.
Origin of earache
First recorded in 1650-60; ear1 + ache Unabridged
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  • In India the juice of the leaves is a popular remedy for earache.

  • Hot cloths and hot bottles or bags will help in toothache, just as they do in earache.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • At that moment Nicky's earache jabbed upwards at his eyelids and cut them, and shook tears out of them.

    The Tree of Heaven May Sinclair
  • This is why one so often has earache after an attack of the grip or after a bad cold.

    A Handbook of Health Woods Hutchinson
  • I let him blood in the right thigh and away flew his earache.

  • One of Enoks kerchiefs it was—a quondam bandage for the earache.

    Mothwise Knut Hamsun
  • If you are in doubt about it, treat it as you would an earache—with silent contempt.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • So he was singing, too, fit to give any one the earache to listen to him.

  • There may be an earache, an abdominal complication, or a sore throat, any one of which will be detected by the skilled doctor.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
British Dictionary definitions for earache


pain in the middle or inner ear Technical name otalgia Compare otitis
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Word Origin and History for earache

1789, from ear (n.1) + ache (n.).

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earache in Medicine

earache ear·ache (ēr'āk')
Pain in the ear; otalgia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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