And with an utmost effort, he broke into a fine imitation of a hiccuping laugh.
"T-a-s-t-e and s-e-e," cried the man who had fallen down, hiccuping.
What the deuce does the (hiccup) cook mean by not (hiccuping) things as he ought?
The reprobate ended his boastful confession with another burst of hiccuping, and Staniford helplessly laughed.
Cocks crowing and the long, howling, hiccuping, melancholy bray of an ass.
Classon poured the last of the Burgundy into a tumbler, and drank it off, and hiccuping out, "I'll haste me to the Capitol!"
He was parched with thirst; and the hiccuping fit which had seized him in the company of his new friend had not yet subsided.
Blunt caught her round the waist with one arm, and hiccuping with love and rum, approached to take the kiss he coveted.
Mr. Brackett was before the fire in the office, hiccuping with repletion and stuffing tobacco into the bowl of his clay pipe.
And I shall speak before a great crowd of people, coughing and hiccuping as I am—for all my life I have eaten too heartily.
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+)