a pain in or about a tooth.

Origin of toothache

before 1050; Middle English tothache, Old English tōthæce, tōthece. See tooth, ache
Related formstooth·ach·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of toothache

  • We're two gentlemen of the King's household, and one of us has a toothache.

  • I saw his eyes flash all at once; it comes upon him like toothache.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Well, I guess Miss Howes ain't likely to drink any toothache lotion.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The queen was suffering from the toothache, and it was necessary that the tooth should be extracted.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

  • Lucy used to say of him that his smile could cure a toothache.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for toothache



a pain in or about a toothTechnical name: odontalgia
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Word Origin and History for toothache

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

toothache in Medicine




An aching pain in or near a tooth.dentalgia odontalgia
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