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  1. a pain, especially in the lumbar region of the back, usually caused by the strain of a muscle or ligament.
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Origin of backache

First recorded in 1595–1605; back1 + ache
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Examples from the Web for backache

Historical Examples of backache

  • I went down to see her two or three times afore I was took with this backache.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Did a man ever have a backache like the dragging, pulling, tearing ache of a woman?

  • The fireplace is high so that one tending it does not have to stoop and get a backache.

  • I had headache and backache and I cannot tell what aches besides.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • I used to get tired and have backache and roll around in bed.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

British Dictionary definitions for backache


  1. an ache or pain in one's back
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backache in Medicine


  1. Discomfort or a pain in the region of the back or spine.
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