pain in the ear; otalgia.

Origin of earache

First recorded in 1650–60; ear1 + ache
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  • Jed, he mumbled some kind of foolishness about some things givin' him earache.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for earache



pain in the middle or inner earTechnical name: otalgia Compare otitis
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Word Origin and History for earache

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

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earache in Medicine




Pain in the ear; otalgia.
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