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noun hic·cup \ˈhi-(ˌ)kəp\

Simple Definition of hiccup

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hiccup

  1. 1 :  a spasmodic inhalation with closure of the glottis accompanied by a peculiar sound

  2. 2 :  an attack of hiccuping —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction

  3. 3 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>

Examples of hiccup in a sentence

  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.

Variants of hiccup

also hiccough play \ˈhi-(ˌ)kəp\

Origin of hiccup


First Known Use: circa 1580

Rhymes with hiccup

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verb hic·cup

Definition of hiccup

hiccuped also hiccuppedhiccuping also hiccupping

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

Circa 1580

First Known Use of hiccup

circa 1580

Variants of hiccup

also hiccough

HICCUP Defined for Kids



noun hic·cup \ˈhi-ˌkəp\

Definition of hiccup for Students

  1. :  a gulping sound caused by sudden movements of muscles active in breathing



verb hic·cup

Definition of hiccup for Students

hiccuped also hiccuppedhiccuping also hiccupping

  1. :  to make a gulping sound caused by sudden movements of muscles active in breathing

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to eat gluttonously or ravenously

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