noun hic·cup \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
HICCUPPED Defined for Kids


noun hic·cup \ˈhi-ˌkəp\

Definition of HICCUP for Kids

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


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

Definition of HICCUP for Kids

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


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