So he said to the 'Stute Fish, 'This man is very nubbly, and besides he is making me hiccough.
From across the room sounded a hiccough that ended in a dry hacking cough.
And the poor old man, Forty-nine, held his hat high in the air, and began to hiccough and hold his neck unsteadily.
His face was white and drawn, and every now and then he shook with a hiccough.
The pickpocket gave a hiccough and a cry of alarm that was very much like a whine.
hiccough (singultus) is a spasmodic affection of the diaphragm.
hiccough, thirst, pain in the stomach, and soreness of the thoracic muscles are frequent and troublesome symptoms.
"My wife's bes' lil' woman in worl'," he said and did a hiccough.
Sneezing is a violent, involuntary contraction of the respiratory muscles, as in hiccough.
You understood not that protracted hiccough; it was the drunkard's hiccough.
1570s, hickop, earlier hicket, hyckock, "a word meant to imitate the sound produced by the convulsion of the diaphragm" [Abram Smythe Farmer, "Folk-Etymology," London, 1882]. Cf. French hoquet, Danish hikke, etc. Modern spelling first recorded 1788; An Old English word for it was ælfsogoða, so called because hiccups were thought to be caused by elves.
1580s; see hiccup (n.).
hiccup hic·cup or hic·cough (hĭk'əp)
A spasm of the diaphragm causing sudden inhalation interrupted by spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a characteristic noise.
A brief interruption; spasmodic stoppage: The violence in Moscow is another hiccup in Russia's drive for democracy (1980s+)