hangover

noun hang·over \ ˈhaŋ-ˌō-vər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hangover

1 : something (such as a surviving custom) that remains from what is past
2 a : disagreeable physical effects following heavy consumption of alcohol or the use of drugs
b : a letdown following great excitement or excess

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Examples of hangover in a Sentence

  1. She woke up with a hangover.

Recent Examples of hangover from the Web

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Did You Know?

The effects of hangovers have been hanging around for ages. The word itself, however, has only been fermenting since the late 19th century. Originally, hangover described someone or something that remained or simply survived, but it was later distilled into common use as a word for the effects of overconsumption of alcohol or drugs. These days, hangover can also suggest an emotional letdown or an undesirable prolongation of notes or sounds from a loudspeaker.

First Known Use of hangover

1894


HANGOVER Defined for English Language Learners

hangover

noun

Definition of hangover for English Language Learners

  • : a sick feeling or condition that comes after drinking too much alcohol at an earlier time


Medical Dictionary

hangover

noun hang·over \ -ˌō-vər \

medical Definition of hangover

: disagreeable physical effects (as headache or nausea) following heavy consumption of alcohol or the use of drugs


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