Meaning of “headache” in the English Dictionary

"headache" in British English

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headachenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhed.eɪk/ us /ˈhed.eɪk/

headache noun [ C ] (PAIN)

A2 a pain you feel inside your head:

I've got a splitting (= severe) headache.

More examples

  • I tried taking tablets for the headache but they didn't have any effect.
  • It's an extremely effective cure for a headache.
  • I had a terrible headache, but even so I went to the concert.
  • She didn't want to go out, so she faked a headache.
  • He's got a headache and a slight fever.

(Definition of “headache” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"headache" in American English

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headachenoun [ C ]

us /ˈhedˌeɪk/

headache noun [ C ] (PAIN)

a pain you feel inside your head

headache noun [ C ] (PROBLEM)

something that causes you difficulty or worry:

Finding a babysitter for New Year’s Eve is going to be a real headache.

(Definition of “headache” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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