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hiccup

or hic-cough

[hik-uhp, -uh p]
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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.
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verb (used without object), hic·cuped or hic·cupped, hic·cup·ing or hic·cup·ping.
  1. to make the sound of a hiccup: The motor hiccuped as it started.
  2. to have the hiccups.
  3. Informal. to experience a temporary decline, setback, interruption, etc.: There was general alarm when the economy hiccuped.
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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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Related Words for hiccuping

emit, gush, ventilate, repeat, disgorge, erupt, vomit, discharge, eruct, hiccup, irrupt, vent, eject, expel, spew, hurl, explode, burp, belch, eructate

Examples from the Web for hiccuping

Historical Examples of hiccuping

  • 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

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


British Dictionary definitions for hiccuping

hiccup

hiccough

noun
  1. a spasm of the diaphragm producing a sudden breathing in followed by a closing of the glottis, resulting in a sharp soundTechnical name: singultus
  2. the state or condition of having such spasms
  3. informal a minor difficulty or problem
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verb -cups, -cuping, -cuped, -cups, -cupping, -cupped, -coughs, -coughing or -coughed
  1. (intr) to make a hiccup or hiccups
  2. (tr) to utter with a hiccup or hiccups
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Word Origin for hiccup

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for hiccuping

hiccup

v.

1580s; see hiccup (n.).

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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hiccuping in Medicine

hiccup

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