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[tooth-eyk] /ˈtuθˌeɪk/
a pain in or about a tooth.
Origin of toothache
before 1050; Middle English tothache, Old English tōthæce, tōthece. See tooth, ache
Related forms
toothachy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for toothache
  • We also tried chewing on a tiny bit of leaf that they use to numb their teeth if they have a cavity or toothache.
  • Some of this was imagined, no doubt, but some was as real as a toothache.
  • Think of a toothache: when you can only focus on the ache, your thinking is wrecked.
  • However, occasionally a toothache is caused by something as easy as surrounded food between the teeth.
  • If the root of the tooth dies, the toothache may stop, unless an abscess develops.
  • Going to bed one night with a toothache, and requiring an undertaker next morning, was almost our case.
  • It will give many people a toothache, but if sugar is your thing, this is it.
  • Practically all the characters are tetchy, chilly or pouty, as if suffering from a collective toothache.
  • Mae was so special she didn't even get sick the way other kids did, nor did she ever suffer from a toothache or a cavity.
  • The pain of the toothache you have today smarts a lot more than the recollection of a more severe malady you endured long ago.
British Dictionary definitions for toothache


a pain in or about a tooth Technical name odontalgia
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Word Origin and History for toothache

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

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toothache in Medicine

toothache tooth·ache (tōōth'āk')
An aching pain in or near a tooth. Also called dentalgia, odontalgia.

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