headache meaning

[ 'hedeik ] Pronunciation:   "headache" in a sentence
  • Noun: headache  'hed`eyk
    1. Something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
      - concern, worry, vexation 
    2. Pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs
      - head ache, cephalalgia

    Derived forms: head aches, headaches

    Type of: ache, aching, negative stimulus

    Encyclopedia: Headache Headache, cluster

  • [American slang]
    n. an annoying person or thing.
    • Here comes that Ken Johnson. He's a real headache.
    • Cars can be such a headache.

  • [Medicine]
    Pain in the cranial region that may occur as an isolated and benign symptom or as a manifestation of a wide variety of conditions including SUBARACHNOID HEMORRHAGE; CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM INFECTIONS; INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION; and other disorders. In general,recurrent headaches that are not associated with a primary disease process are referred to as HEADACHE DISORDERS (e.g.,MIGRAINE). n : pain in the head —called also cephalalgiahead·achy adj


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  1. their son is a constant headache to them.
  2. mother said her headache was splitting.
  3. mr. pen had a fine headache the next morning.
  4. only for my tea, i should have had the headache.
  5. i have got a splitting headache.

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