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[tooth-eyk] /ˈtuθˌeɪk/
a pain in or about a tooth.
Origin of toothache
before 1050; Middle English tothache, Old English tōthæce, tōthece. See tooth, ache
Related forms
toothachy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Many old people suffer greatly with toothache, called “pa-tug′ nan fob-a′.”

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • But we decided that it was not going to be toothache, nor headache, nor stomach-ache, nor worms.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Saint Peter is represented as afflicted with the toothache, and sitting on a marble stone by the wayside.

  • For pom-pom fever, Mauseritis, The toothache or the loafertitis.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • It reminds me of the time a monkey named Mappo, who once visited here, had the toothache one night and howled until morning.

    Nero, the Circus Lion Richard Barnum
  • It is exactly like a man with a toothache, who keeps on saying, 'Oh!

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Similarly, as the cones of a species of pine-tree had the shape of teeth, it followed that they would ease the toothache.

  • "She has had a toothache," Matteo said quickly, and gave his sister a glance.

  • In toothache if you can find a cavity, clean it out with a small piece of cotton or a toothpick.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
British Dictionary definitions for toothache


a pain in or about a tooth Technical name odontalgia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toothache

late 14c., from tooth + ache (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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toothache in Medicine

toothache tooth·ache (tōōth'āk')
An aching pain in or near a tooth. Also called dentalgia, odontalgia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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