hang·​over | \ ˈhaŋ-ˌō-vər How to pronounce hangover (audio) \

Definition of hangover

1 : something (such as a surviving custom) that remains from what is past
2a : 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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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.

Examples of hangover in a Sentence

She woke up with a hangover.

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Maybe some new baseball stat measuring the effect of hangovers on run production during day games after night games. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Let's go back to 1971 when baseball, the MLB All-Star Game were better," 2 July 2019 The ‘Fitness Food Court’ All the overexercising is creating a new niche for entrepreneurs and landlords: wellness studios focused on recovery from muscle soreness, fatigue and, perhaps, hangovers. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "The Boutique Fitness Boom," 17 June 2019 That is the prospect facing the Administration now, and Trump’s tariff threats are only adding to the danger that the hangover will be a painful one. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Top Economist Makes a Timely Exit," 4 June 2019 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice The Astros still felt some of a hangover Tuesday from watching Randal Grichuk rob George Springer of a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth a night earlier. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros have plenty of confidence in slumping George Springer," 26 June 2018 Nothing cures a monster of a hangover better than water. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "10 Expert-Approved Secrets to Hack Your Hangover," 12 Dec. 2016 People would wander in and clear away cans, still in their thrift-store prom dresses, or eat cold hangover pizza with no pants on. Aimée Lutkin, Curbed, "Losing a home you’ve already left," 6 June 2019 Kat, Jane, and Sutton—hide their hangovers so damn flawlessly at work. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 Incredibly Petty Issues I Have With The Bold Type," 17 Apr. 2019 It’s being wrongly touted as a way to cure hangovers, aid digestion and detox the body. Laura Daily, The Seattle Times, "How charcoal escaped the grill and ended up in your bathroom," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of hangover

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hangover was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of hangover

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


hang·​over | \ -ˌō-vər How to pronounce hangover (audio) \

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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