headache


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

head·ache

 (hĕd′āk′)
n.
1. A pain in the head.
2. Informal Something, such as a problem, that causes annoyance or trouble.

head′ach′y (-ā′kē) adj.

headache

(ˈhɛdˌeɪk)
n
1. (Pathology) 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
2. informal any cause of worry, difficulty, or annoyance

head•ache

(ˈhɛdˌeɪk)

n.
1. a pain located in the head, as over the eyes, at the temples, or at the base of the skull.
2. an annoying or bothersome person, situation, activity, etc.
[before 1000]

headache

  • cephalgia, encephalalgia - Cephalgia and encephalalgia are medical terms for a headache.
  • megrim - Another word for a headache, especially a migraine.
  • shivaree - A mock serenade, it originally meant "headache" in its Latin form.
  • neurasthenia - A disorder characterized by loss of energy, lack of motivation, and feelings of inadequacy, along with vague physical symptoms such as headache or muscle pain.

headache

If you have a headache, you have a pain in your head.

I told Derek I had a headache.

Headache is a countable noun. Don't say that someone 'has headache'.

headache

Any pain in the head. Many factors that affect the nervous system can produce a headache, including damage to the brain and its blood vessels, infection of the ears, eyes, and nose, and tension in muscles that results in a constriction of their nerves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.headache - something or someone that causes anxietyheadache - something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"
negative stimulus - a stimulus with undesirable consequences
bugaboo - a source of concern; "the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them"
burden, encumbrance, onus, incumbrance, load - an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
business - a rightful concern or responsibility; "it's none of your business"; "mind your own business"
2.headache - pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugsheadache - pain in the head caused by dilation of cerebral arteries or muscle contractions or a reaction to drugs
ache, aching - a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain
cluster headache, histamine headache - a painful recurring headache associated with the release of histamine from cells
hemicrania, megrim, migraine, sick headache - a severe recurring vascular headache; occurs more frequently in women than men
sick headache - a headache accompanied by nausea
sinus headache - a headache resulting from congestion or infection in the paranasal sinuses
tension headache - a headache located at the back of the head; usually caused by body tension resulting from overwork or psychological stress

headache

noun
1. migraine, head (informal), neuralgia, cephalalgia (Medical) I have had a terrible headache for the past two days.
2. problem (Informal) worry, trouble, bother, nuisance, inconvenience, bane, vexation Their biggest headache is the increase in the price of fuel.

headache

noun
Informal. A duty or responsibility that is a source of anxiety, worry, or hardship:
Translations
شيءٌ مٌقْلِقصداعصُدَاعوَجَع رأس
bolest hlavyproblémbolení hlavy
hovedpinebekymring
päänsärky
glavobolja
fejfájásgondnyűgbosszúság
höfuîverkurhöfuîverkur, áhyggjuefni
頭痛
두통
dor de cabeçaenchaqueca
glavobol
huvudvärk
ปวดหัว
chứng nhức đầu

headache

[ˈhedeɪk] N
1. (= pain) → dolor m de cabeza; (= sick headache) → jaqueca f
2. (= problem) → quebradero m de cabeza, dolor m de cabeza
that's his headacheallá él

headache

[ˈhɛdeɪk] n
(= pain) → mal m de tête
to have a headache → avoir mal à la tête
I've got a headache → J'ai mal à la tête.
(= problem) → problème m
to be a headache for sb → être un problème pour qn

headache

[ˈhɛdˌeɪk] n (pain) → mal m di testa (fig) → grattacapo
to have a headache → avere mal di testa

head

(hed) noun
1. the top part of the human body, containing the eyes, mouth, brain etc; the same part of an animal's body. The stone hit him on the head; He scratched his head in amazement.
2. a person's mind. An idea came into my head last night.
3. the height or length of a head. The horse won by a head.
4. the chief or most important person (of an organization, country etc). Kings and presidents are heads of state; (also adjective) a head waiter; the head office.
5. anything that is like a head in shape or position. the head of a pin; The boy knocked the heads off the flowers.
6. the place where a river, lake etc begins. the head of the Nile.
7. the top, or the top part, of anything. Write your address at the head of the paper; the head of the table.
8. the front part. He walked at the head of the procession.
9. a particular ability or tolerance. He has no head for heights; She has a good head for figures.
10. a headmaster or headmistress. You'd better ask the Head.
11. (for) one person. This dinner costs $10 a head.
12. a headland. Beachy Head.
13. the foam on the top of a glass of beer etc.
verb
1. to go at the front of or at the top of (something). The procession was headed by the band; Whose name headed the list?
2. to be in charge of; to be the leader of. He heads a team of scientists investigating cancer.
3. (often with for) to (cause to) move in a certain direction. The explorers headed south; The boys headed for home; You're heading for disaster!
4. to put or write something at the beginning of. His report was headed `Ways of Preventing Industrial Accidents'.
5. (in football) to hit the ball with the head. He headed the ball into the goal.
-headed
having (a certain number or type of) head(s). a two-headed monster; a bald-headed man.
ˈheader noun
1. a fall or dive forwards. He slipped and took a header into the mud.
2. (in football) the act of hitting the ball with the head. He scored with a great header.
ˈheading noun
what is written at the top of a page etc. The teacher said that essays must have a proper heading.
heads noun, adverb
(on) the side of a coin with the head of a king, president etc on it. He tossed the penny and it came down heads.
ˈheadache noun
1. a pain in the head. Bright lights give me a headache.
2. something worrying. Lack of money is a real headache.
ˈheadband noun
a strip of material worn round the head to keep one's hair off one's face.
ˈhead-dress noun
something, usually ornamental, which is worn on, and covers, the head. The tribesmen were wearing head-dresses of fur and feathers.
ˌheadˈfirst adverb
with one's head in front or bent forward. He fell headfirst into a pool of water.
ˈheadgear noun
anything that is worn on the head. Hats, caps and helmets are headgear.
ˈheadlamp noun
a headlight.
ˈheadland noun
a point of land which sticks out into the sea.
ˈheadlight noun
a powerful light at or on the front of a car, lorry, train, ship, aeroplane etc. As it was getting dark, the driver switched on his headlights.
ˈheadline noun
the words written in large letters at the top of newspaper articles. I never read a paper in detail – I just glance at the headlines.
ˈheadlines noun plural
a brief statement of the most important items of news, on television or radio. the news headlines.
ˈheadlong adjective, adverb
1. moving forwards or downwards, with one's head in front. a headlong dive into the pool of water; He fell headlong into a pool of water.
2. (done) without thought or delay, often foolishly. a headlong rush; He rushes headlong into disaster.
head louse
a type of louse that infests the human head.
headˈmasterfeminine headˈmistress noun
the person in charge of a school; the principal.
ˌhead-ˈon adverb, adjective
(usually of cars etc) with the front of one car etc hitting the front of another car etc. a head-on collision; The two cars crashed head-on.
ˈheadphones noun plural
(also ˈearphones) a pair of electronic instruments held over a person's ears, by a metal band over the head, which are connected to a radio. a set of headphones.
ˌheadˈquarters noun singular or plural
(often abbreviated to HQ (eitʃˈkjuː) noun) the place from which the chief officers or leaders of an organization (especially an army) direct and control the activities of that organization. During the election, his house was used as the campaign headquarters.
ˈheadrest noun
a sort of small cushion which supports a person's head, eg as fitted to a dentist's chair, a car seat.
ˈheadscarf, ˈheadsquare nouns
a usually square scarf worn by women over or round the head.
ˈheadstone noun
a stone put at a grave, usually with the name of the dead person on it, the date of his birth and death etc.
ˈheadstrong adjective
(of people) difficult to persuade or control; always doing or wanting to do what they themselves want. a headstrong, obstinate child.
ˈheadwind noun
a wind which is blowing towards one.
above someone's head
too difficult (for someone) to understand. His lecture was well above their heads.
go to someone's head
1. (of alcohol) to make someone slightly drunk. Champagne always goes to my head.
2. (of praise, success etc) to make someone arrogant, foolish etc. Don't let success go to your head.
head off
1. to make (a person, animal etc) change direction. One group of the soldiers rode across the valley to head the bandits off.
2. to go in some direction. He headed off towards the river.
head over heels
1. completely. He fell head over heels in love.
2. turning over completely; headfirst. He fell head over heels into a pond.
heads or tails?
used when tossing a coin, eg to decide which of two people does, gets etc something. Heads or tails? Heads you do the dishes, tails I do them.
keep one's head
to remain calm and sensible in a crisis etc.
lose one's head
to become angry or excited, or to act foolishly in a crisis.
make head or tail of
to understand. I can't make head or tail of these instructions.
make headway
to make progress. We're not making much headway with this new scheme.
off one's head
mad. You must be off your head to work for nothing.

headache

صُدَاع bolení hlavy hovedpine Kopfschmerzen πονοκέφαλος dolor de cabeza päänsärky mal de tête glavobolja mal di testa 頭痛 두통 hoofdpijn hodepine ból głowy dor de cabeça головная боль huvudvärk ปวดหัว baş ağrısı chứng nhức đầu 头疼

head·ache

n. cefalalgia, dolor de cabeza, jaqueca.

headache

n cefalea (form), dolor m de cabeza; cluster — cefalea en racimos, dolores de cabeza que ocurren repetidivamente durante una o varias semanas; migraine — migraña, jaqueca; tension — cefalea tensional, dolor de cabeza por tensión
References in classic literature ?
Beth had a headache and lay on the sofa, trying to comfort herself with the cat and three kittens.
Cousin Hepzibah is not quick at figures, and will give herself a headache over the day's accounts, unless I help her.
Working in his shirt sleeves, and with the thermometer at over a hundred, the phosphates soaked in through every pore of Jurgis' skin, and in five minutes he had a headache, and in fifteen was almost dazed.
When Augustine, pale as death, was found lying on the sofa, and pleaded sudden sick-headache as the cause of his distress, she recommended to him to smell of hartshorn; and when the paleness and headache came on week after week, she only said that she never thought Mr.
We build our churches almost without regard to cost; we rear an edifice which is an adornment to the town, and we gild it, and fresco it, and mortgage it, and do everything we can think of to perfect it, and then spoil it all by putting a bell on it which afflicts everybody who hears it, giving some the headache, others St.
After one of these private luncheons Rebecca had been tempted beyond her strength, and when Minnie took her seat among them asked, "Is your headache better, Minnie?
She had been particularly unwell, however, suffering from headache to a degree, which made her aunt declare, that had the ball taken place, she did not think Jane could have attended it; and it was charity to impute some of her unbecoming indifference to the languor of illhealth.
She got up with a headache, was unable to talk, and unwilling to take any nourishment; giving pain every moment to her mother and sisters, and forbidding all attempt at consolation from either.
I gave a few sentences of commendation to Heathcliff, and he, either for a headache or a pang of envy, began to cry: so I got up and left him.
When she had had a headache in India she had done her best to see that everybody else also had a headache or something quite as bad.
It was the popular theme for jests; it was the best cure for headache, it infallibly prevented the hair from turning grey, it imparted a peculiar delicacy to the complexion, it was the National Razor which shaved close: who kissed La Guillotine, looked through the little window and sneezed into the sack.
I was going out at my door on the morning after that deplorable day of headache, sickness, and repentance, with an odd confusion in my mind relative to the date of my dinner-party, as if a body of Titans had taken an enormous lever and pushed the day before yesterday some months back, when I saw a ticket-porter coming upstairs, with a letter in his hand.