hiccup

or hic-cough

[ hik-uhp, -uh p ]
/ ˈhɪk ʌp, -əp /

noun

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.
Usually hiccups. the condition of having such spasms: She got the hiccups just as she began to speak.
Informal. a minor difficulty, interruption, setback, etc.: a hiccup in the stock market.

verb (used without object), hic·cuped or hic·cupped, hic·cup·ing or hic·cup·ping.

to make the sound of a hiccup: The motor hiccuped as it started.
to have the hiccups.
Informal. to experience a temporary decline, setback, interruption, etc.: There was general alarm when the economy hiccuped.

Nearby words

  1. hic et nunc,
  2. hic et ubique,
  3. hic jacet,
  4. hic requiescit in pace,
  5. hiccough,
  6. hiccups,
  7. hichens,
  8. hick,
  9. hick-joint pointing,
  10. hickey

Origin of hiccup

1570–80; alteration of hocket, hickock, equivalent to hic + -ock; akin to Low German hick hiccup; see hocket

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British Dictionary definitions for hiccuping

hiccup

hiccough

/ (ˈhɪkʌp) /

noun

a spasm of the diaphragm producing a sudden breathing in followed by a closing of the glottis, resulting in a sharp soundTechnical name: singultus
the state or condition of having such spasms
informal a minor difficulty or problem

verb -cups, -cuping, -cuped, -cups, -cupping, -cupped, -coughs, -coughing or -coughed

(intr) to make a hiccup or hiccups
(tr) to utter with a hiccup or hiccups

Word Origin for hiccup

C16: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for hiccuping
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Medicine definitions for hiccuping

hiccup

n.

A spasm of the diaphragm causing sudden inhalation interrupted by spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a characteristic noise.
Related formshiccup null v.


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