- pain in the lower, or lumbar, region of the back or loins, especially chronic or recurring pain.
Origin of lumbago
Examples from the Web for lumbago
Well, the dignity didn't work, so he commenced on the lumbago; and that didn't work, neither.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
One is grateful for mercies, but does not groan over them like rheumatism or the lumbago.'Lord Kilgobbin
The doctor can't come, for he is down with lumbago in the back.The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays
William B. Yeats
Lumbago seems to make a body garrulous—but you'll forgive it.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 3, 1876-1885
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
An' the rain were that bad, it give me lumbago all down my back, that did.The Making of a Prig
- pain in the lower back; backache affecting the lumbar region
Word Origin and History for lumbago
1690s, from Late Latin lumbago "weakness of loins and lower back," from Latin lumbus "loin" (usually plural), from PIE *lendh- "loin" (cf. Old Church Slavonic ledvije (plural) "loins; soul," Russian ljadveja "loin;" Old English lendenu "loins," German Lende "loin," Lenden "loins").
- A painful condition of the lower back, as one resulting from muscle strain or a slipped disk.