Hiccup meaning

hĭk'əp
The definition of a hiccup is an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm along with a rapid closure of the glottis that causes you to make an audible sound.
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When you eat too fast.
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Consuming foods and drinks that are either too hot or too cold.
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Chain smoking.
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Stress.
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Sudden excitement.
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Breath fast and wait for a few minutes.

When you drink too much soda and your diaphragm spasms and you make a gasp-like sound, this is an example of a hiccup.

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Cold showers.
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Entering or leaving a cold or hot room.
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Irritation or damage of the phrenic nerves which begin in the C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae (in the neck part of your spine) and serve the diaphragm muscle.
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Infection, tumor or damage in the central nervous system such as meningitis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis and multiple sclerosis.
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Steroids, barbiturates, tranquilizers, anesthesia, diabetes, kidney failure, electrolyte imbalance, and alcoholism can all lead to prolonged hiccups.
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Drink two glasses of water.
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Hold your breath for 40 seconds.
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Breathe into a paper bag.
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Consume a pinch of sugar.
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Put an ice cube in your mouth.
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The sound made by such a spasm or a sound resembling it.
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To make a hiccup or a sound like a hiccup.
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To have an attack of hiccups.
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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.
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A condition characterized by repeated contractions of this kind.
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A difficulty, problem, or setback, usually a minor one; hitch.
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To make a hiccup or hiccups.
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To utter with hiccups.
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The sound made by such a spasm or a sound resembling it.
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To make a hiccup or a sound like a hiccup.
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To have an attack of hiccups.
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A spasm of the diaphragm, or the resulting sound.

There was a loud hiccup from the back of the room and the class erupted in laughter.

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A minor setback.

There's been a slight hiccup in the processing of this quarter's results.

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To have the hiccups.
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When you eat too much food.
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Drinking soda and other carbonated beverages.
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Too much alcohol.
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Origin of hiccup

  • Imitative
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick (“hiccup”), Danish hikke (“hiccup”).
    From Wiktionary