- the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.
- something remaining behind from a former period or state of affairs.
- any aftermath of or lingering effect from a distressing experience: the post-Watergate hangover in Washington.
Origin of hangover
1890–95, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hang over
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1. queasiness, sickishness, qualm, nausea.
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Examples from the Web for hangover
Coca-Cola was a wildly popular drink and hangover remedy because, well, it contained cocaine.
By the late 1600s, chemists and herbalists had begun to concoct their own scientific mixtures for curing the hangover.
Hangover Rx: “The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth,” says White.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
One can only assume the hangover cries: “whoa, who did I vote for last night?”Founding Fathers Loved Drunk Voters
November 1, 2014
The Hangover star, currently in the critically acclaimed Birdman, certainly knows how to bring the funny as well as the awkward.Brad Pitt and Louis C.K. Go ‘Between Two Ferns’
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 23, 2014
The Omans do altogether too good a job on them and there's no such thing as a hangover.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
Hangover or no hangover, Malone told himself grimly, there was work to be done.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
When he had awakened, it had been with the euphoria all gone and with his present hangover.The Stars, My Brothers
You've worked off the kwil and now you're in the hangover period.The Star Hyacinths
James H. Schmitz
Naturally, hangover or no, Johnny had reported for work first.Summer Snow Storm
- the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness
- a person or thing left over from or influenced by a past age
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Word Origin and History for hangover
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