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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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  • Many old people suffer greatly with toothache, called “pa-tug′ nan fob-a′.”

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • I saw his eyes flash all at once; it comes upon him like toothache.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Saint Peter is represented as afflicted with the toothache, and sitting on a marble stone by the wayside.

  • The queen was suffering from the toothache, and it was necessary that the tooth should be extracted.

    Queen Elizabeth Jacob Abbott
  • It reminds me of the time a monkey named Mappo, who once visited here, had the toothache one night and howled until morning.

    Nero, the Circus Lion Richard Barnum
  • Lucy used to say of him that his smile could cure a toothache.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Similarly, as the cones of a species of pine-tree had the shape of teeth, it followed that they would ease the toothache.

  • In order to excuse my silence, I feigned to be suffering from the toothache.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • In toothache if you can find a cavity, clean it out with a small piece of cotton or a toothpick.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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toothache in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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