headache

[ hed-eyk ]
/ ˈhɛdˌeɪk /

noun

a pain located in the head, as over the eyes, at the temples, or at the base of the skull.
an annoying or bothersome person, situation, activity, etc.

Nearby words

  1. head-load,
  2. head-on,
  3. head-shrinker,
  4. head-to-head,
  5. head-up display,
  6. headachy,
  7. headband,
  8. headbang,
  9. headbanger,
  10. headboard

Origin of headache

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hēafodece. See head, ache

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British Dictionary definitions for headache

headache

/ (ˈhɛdˌeɪk) /

noun

pain in the head, caused by dilation of cerebral arteries, muscle contraction, insufficient oxygen in the cerebral blood, reaction to drugs, etcTechnical name: cephalalgia
informal any cause of worry, difficulty, or annoyance
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Word Origin and History for headache

headache

n.

Old English heafodece; see head (n.) + ache (n.). Colloquial sense of "troublesome problem" is first recorded 1934.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for headache

headache

[ hĕdāk′ ]

n.

A pain in the head.cephalalgia

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Science definitions for headache

headache

[ hĕdāk′ ]

Pain in the head, caused by stimulation of or pressure to any of various structures of the head, such as tissue covering the cranium, cranial nerves, or blood vessels. Headache can be a primary disorder, as in migraine or cluster headaches, or a common symptom associated with head injury or many illnesses such as acute infection, brain tumor or abscess, eye disorders such as glaucoma, dental disease, and hypertension. See also cluster headache migraine.
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