hangover

noun
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Magazine Norton says there will be a nurse on-site to administer restorative IV drips on demand to bust hangovers, rehydrate and boost energy. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 But suffer a hangover in the second game against South Korea, lose focus against an inferior side, and the momentum and mojo with which El Tri kicked off this World Cup would evaporate. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Mexico Passes Another Kind of World Cup Test in Outlasting South Korea," 23 June 2018 But in recent years, it has also been used as an (ineffective) cancer cure or as a general tonic — a draft of rice wine mixed with bear bile, or steeped in a bear’s paw, might stave off a hangover, some say. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "China’s bear bile industry persists despite growing awareness of the cruelty involved," 3 June 2018 But leave it to bride-to-be Priyanka Chopra, and her future sister-in-law, Sophie Turner, to redefine the hangover look. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophie Turner Sharing a "J Sister" Bachelorette Hangover Is a Vibe," 6 Nov. 2018 Migraines can follow a pattern that moves through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome (also called the migraine hangover), the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 The experience was the genesis of Genusee, a company transforming empty plastic water bottles—the environmental hangover of the ongoing crisis—into eyewear. Marisa Aveling, Vogue, "This New Socially Conscious Brand Is Making Chic Eyewear From Flint’s Leftover Water Bottles," 23 May 2018 Squeezing a lime into your armpit takes care of hangovers in Puerto Rico. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of hangover

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 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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