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[hed-eyk] /ˈhɛdˌeɪk/

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.
pain in the head, caused by dilation of cerebral arteries, muscle contraction, insufficient oxygen in the cerebral blood, reaction to drugs, etc Technical name cephalalgia
(informal) any cause of worry, difficulty, or annoyance

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

headache head·ache (hěd’āk’)
A pain in the head. Also called cephalalgia.
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.


Any trouble, annoyance, vexation, etc: another headache for pro coaches (1934+)


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