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 drugsb : a letdown following great excitement or excess
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Examples of hangover in a Sentence
She woke up with a hangover.
Recent Examples of hangover from the Web
The smoke from so many fireworks was still in the air Wednesday, sticking around like a Fourth of July hangover.
Plenty of places mix sugar and bacon to create a salty-sweet mix that can cure hangovers or jump-start days of remarkable achievement.
The problem is that this produces especially bad hangovers, Dr. Burke says.
Acute mountain sickness, or AMS, resembles a hangover: headache, nausea, fatigue, the desire to curl up next to a rock with your rain jacket pulled over your head to block the sun.
But the long hangover from the 2016 campaign has lingered.
Percentage of overdue debt has risen for last two quarters Consumer companies say their customers are under stress After bingeing on credit for a half decade, U.S. consumers may finally be feeling the hangover.
Traditionally slathered on crust-free bread (a hangover from English colonialism), the creamy-sweet coconut jam is a breakfast staple at kopitiams, or coffeehouses, throughout Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.
Hangover star Ed Helms will voice the lead character in the adaptation of the best-selling series.
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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
HANGOVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hangover for English Language Learners
: a sick feeling or condition that comes after drinking too much alcohol at an earlier time
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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