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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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  • Jed, he mumbled some kind of foolishness about some things givin' him earache.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If you rode twelve mile with Emulous, you must have had an earache for the last six.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Hot cloths and hot bottles or bags will help in toothache, just as they do in earache.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • 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
  • If you are in doubt about it, treat it as you would an earache—with silent contempt.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • In India the juice of the leaves is a popular remedy for earache.

  • Although he lived to be an old man, he often had the earache.

  • 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
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.

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