noun \ˈhi-(ˌ)kəp\

: a sound in your throat that is caused by a sudden, uncontrolled movement of muscles in your chest after you have eaten or drunk too much or too quickly

hiccups : a condition in which you make hiccups repeatedly

: a small problem, change, or delay

Full Definition of HICCUP

:  a spasmodic inhalation with closure of the glottis accompanied by a peculiar sound
:  an attack of hiccuping —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
a :  a slight irregularity, error, or malfunction <a few hiccups in the computer system>
b :  a usually minor and short-lived interruption or disruption, or change <a hiccup in the stock market>

Variants of HICCUP

hic·cup also hic·cough \ˈhi-(ˌ)kəp\

Examples of HICCUP

  1. Our computer problems were caused by a hiccup in the power supply.
  2. The stock market has continued to rise, except for a slight hiccup earlier this month.

Origin of HICCUP

First Known Use: circa 1580

Rhymes with HICCUP

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hic·cuped also hic·cuppedhic·cup·ing also hic·cup·ping

Definition of HICCUP

intransitive verb
:  to make a hiccup; also :  to be affected with hiccups

Variants of HICCUP

hiccup also hiccough

First Known Use of HICCUP

circa 1580


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm that causes a sudden breath in, cut off when the vocal cords snap together, creating the characteristic sound. Causes include overdistended stomach, gastric irritation, and nerve spasms. The many folk remedies for hiccups interrupt the rhythm of the spasms. The most common and effective treatment is to hold the breath as long as possible. Hiccups usually stop within minutes, though they may last days, weeks, or longer. Prolonged severe hiccups are treated with nerve blocks or by surgically cutting the nerve that supplies the diaphragm.


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