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earache

[eer-eyk] /ˈɪərˌeɪk/
noun
1.
pain in the ear; otalgia.
Origin of earache
1650-1660
First recorded in 1650-60; ear1 + ache
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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

earache

/ˈɪərˌeɪk/
noun
1.
pain in the middle or inner ear Technical name otalgia Compare otitis
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Word Origin and History for earache
n.

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

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earache in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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