hangover

noun
hang·​over | \ˈhaŋ-ˌō-vər \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Potential obstacles to approval The greatest obstacles could be a hangover from the head-tax debacle and potential burnout among voters who agreed to double the city’s transportation and housing levies in 2015 and 2016. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 Or that the Japanese okonomiyaki—a cabbage omelet that can cure a hangover and most variations of malaise—has become ubiquitous. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 Other companies are making artichoke, cactus, birch and maple waters that purport to offer benefits like clearing up skin and curing hangovers. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Dull Skin? Restless Sleep? There’s a Drink for That," 28 Aug. 2018 Russell Lloyd, chairman of the Louisville Democratic Party, said some of the criticism by activists represents a hangover from how Louisville leaders handled the sanctuary city fight. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Abolish ICE movement pits practicality against passion for local Democrats," 10 July 2018 But what's happening this summer could simply be the by-product of non-existenet cap space and a hangover from the summer of 2016. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "The Eight Most Interesting Non-LeBron Questions of NBA Free Agency," 28 June 2018 Long believed to be extinct, a single living specimen was discovered in the 1980s and quickly became a destination for both curious tourists and locals seeking it out as a folk remedy for hangovers and venereal disease. Willy Blackmore, latimes.com, "Saving the world one plant at a time in 'The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species' by Carlos Magdalena," 6 Apr. 2018 There will be dodgems and funfair rides, coconut shies, lots of food stalls, loads of cocktails, bloody Marys for the hangovers and a festival vibe. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Royal Wedding Party Got Wild With an Impromptu Celebrity Performance," 13 Oct. 2018 Resist any temptation to treat your hangover with more alcohol. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July: Hangover cures for your patriotic beverage binge," 4 July 2018

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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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hangover

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hangover

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

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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