[ bak-eyk ]

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

Origin of backache

First recorded in 1595–1605; back1 + ache

Words Nearby backache Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use backache in a sentence

  • It soon became apparent, though, that it’s hard to maintain a regular work schedule while staving off loneliness and backaches cooped up in a 50-square-foot space.

  • Her doctor had recommended she sit at specific angles while she pumped—“to let gravity do its thing”—but those positions caused her such intense backaches that she couldn’t do basic things like carrying her baby.

  • It may seem absurd that it had taken a backache to make Elliott visualize what her cousins were really doing on their farm.

    The Camerons of Highboro | Beth B. Gilchrist
  • Such a position is injurious to the breasts, hurtful to the woman's figure, and apt to cause backache.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • Can one rave over Vesuvius on an empty stomach, or get all the beauty out of Sorrento with a backache?

    As Seen By Me | Lilian Bell
  • In these disorders there is always fever and often backache, and general soreness in the muscles.

  • Now it was the ailments that we have always with us: backache, headache, indigestion and always the magnificent promise.

    The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins Adams

British Dictionary definitions for backache


/ (ˈbækˌeɪk) /

  1. an ache or pain in one's back

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