Hiccup Definition

hĭkəp
hiccoughs, hiccuped, hiccuping, hiccupped, hiccupping, hiccups
noun
hiccups
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.
Webster's New World
An attack of these spasms. Often used with the.
American Heritage Medicine
A condition characterized by repeated contractions of this kind.
Webster's New World
The sound made by such a spasm or a sound resembling it.
American Heritage Medicine

A difficulty, problem, or setback, usually a minor one; hitch.

Webster's New World
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verb
hiccuped, hiccuping, hiccups
To make a hiccup or hiccups.
Webster's New World
To utter with hiccups.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Hiccup

Noun

Singular:
hiccup
Plural:
hiccups

Origin of Hiccup

  • Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick (“hiccup”), Danish hikke (“hiccup”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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