(an onomatopoeic word used to imitate or represent a hiccup.)

hic et ubique

[heek et oo-bee-kwe; English hik et yoo-bahy-kwee]


here and everywhere.

hic jacet

[heek yah-ket; English hik jey-set]


here lies (often used to begin epitaphs on tombstones).

hic requiescit in pace

[heek re-kwee-e-sheet een pah-che]


here rests in peace: a phrase used on tombstones before the name of the deceased.
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Examples from the Web for hic

Historical Examples of hic

  • Says I, 'You bet your crashety-blank life I'll (hic) d'liver it!

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • It was the Hic jacet of the great Rising that was to have been, and that was to have regenerated Ireland!

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • Men's lives (hic) shouldn't be thought of at such a time (hic).

  • Gen'lmen, (hic) you'll have to excuse me, (hic) I'm a stranger in this town!

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales

    Robert L. Taylor

  • Something to take, Mollie, and you shall—hic—you shall have some—hic—some soda water.

    Work and Win

    Oliver Optic

British Dictionary definitions for hic



a representation of the sound of a hiccup

hic jacet

(on gravestones) here lies
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Word Origin and History for hic

imitation of the sound of hiccuping, attested by 1883 (see hiccup).

hic jacet

Latin, hic iacet, "here lies," commonly the first words of Latin epitaphs; from demonstrative pronomial adjective of place hic "here" + iacet "it lies," from iacere "to lie, rest," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)).

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