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hiccup

or hic-cough

[hik-uhp, -uh p] /ˈhɪk ʌp, -əp/
noun
1.
a quick, involuntary inhalation that follows a spasm of the diaphragm and is suddenly checked by closure of the glottis, producing a short, relatively sharp sound.
2.
Usually, hiccups. the condition of having such spasms:
She got the hiccups just as she began to speak.
3.
Informal. a minor difficulty, interruption, setback, etc.:
a hiccup in the stock market.
verb (used without object), hiccuped or hiccupped, hiccuping or hiccupping.
4.
to make the sound of a hiccup:
The motor hiccuped as it started.
5.
to have the hiccups.
6.
Informal. to experience a temporary decline, setback, interruption, etc.:
There was general alarm when the economy hiccuped.
Origin of hiccup
1570-1580
1570-80; alteration of hocket, hickock, equivalent to hic + -ock; akin to Low German hick hiccup; see hocket
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Examples from the Web for hiccuping
Historical Examples
  • Cocks crowing and the long, howling, hiccuping, melancholy bray of an ass.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • What the deuce does the (hiccup) cook mean by not (hiccuping) things as he ought?

  • He was parched with thirst; and the hiccuping fit which had seized him in the company of his new friend had not yet subsided.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • And with an utmost effort, he broke into a fine imitation of a hiccuping laugh.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • Mr. Brackett was before the fire in the office, hiccuping with repletion and stuffing tobacco into the bowl of his clay pipe.

  • He tossed the cans into his sack in a perfectly reckless manner, until Broadway was sick and hiccuping with fear.

  • "T-a-s-t-e and s-e-e," cried the man who had fallen down, hiccuping.

  • The reprobate ended his boastful confession with another burst of hiccuping, and Staniford helplessly laughed.

    The Lady of the Aroostook William Dean Howells
  • Classon poured the last of the Burgundy into a tumbler, and drank it off, and hiccuping out, "I'll haste me to the Capitol!"

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • So he basked and smoked and drank his ale, retelling the ancient stories, and hiccuping forth the ancient sermons.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
British Dictionary definitions for hiccuping

hiccup

/ˈhɪkʌp/
noun
1.
a spasm of the diaphragm producing a sudden breathing in followed by a closing of the glottis, resulting in a sharp sound Technical name singultus
2.
the state or condition of having such spasms
3.
(informal) a minor difficulty or problem
verb -cups, -cuping, -cuped, -cups, -cupping, -cupped, -coughs, -coughing, -coughed
4.
(intransitive) to make a hiccup or hiccups
5.
(transitive) to utter with a hiccup or hiccups
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for hiccuping

hiccup

v.

1580s; see hiccup (n.).

hiccup

n.

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.

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hiccuping in Medicine

hiccup hic·cup or hic·cough (hĭk'əp)
n.
A spasm of the diaphragm causing sudden inhalation interrupted by spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a characteristic noise.


hic'cup or hic'cough v.
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Slang definitions & phrases for hiccuping

hiccup

noun

A brief interruption; spasmodic stoppage: The violence in Moscow is another hiccup in Russia's drive for democracy (1980s+)

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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