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[hang-oh-ver] /ˈhæŋˌoʊ vər/
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
1. queasiness, sickishness, qualm, nausea. Unabridged
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  • 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 Edmond Hamilton
  • 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 Adam Chase
British Dictionary definitions for hangover


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

also hang-over, 1894, "a survival, a thing left over from before," from hang (v.) + over. Meaning "after-effect of drinking too much" is first attested 1904, on notion of something left over from the night before.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hangover



The headache, morbid sensitivity, nausea, etc, felt upon awakening some hours after drinking too much liquor (1912+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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