Variant of hiccup
- a sudden, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm when it begins to allow air into the lungs only to have the glottis suddenly close, producing an abrupt sound
- a condition characterized by repeated contractions of this kind
- Chiefly Brit., Informal a difficulty, problem, or setback, usually a minor one; hitch ()
Origin: altered from Early Modern English hikop, hickock, hicket, of echoic origin, originally (as also inch(es) Middle Dutch huckup): variant, variety spelling, spelled from associated, association with cough
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