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

Fans have been begging for early goals for a while now, in part due to the hangover from last season, the frenetic win over Aston Villa, and the disgusting loss to Newcastle. SI.com, "First Half Blitz Helps Tottenham Recapture Old White Hart Lane Buzz in 4-0 Crystal Palace Rout," 14 Sep. 2019 Bear bile, however, is also marketed as a cure for cancer, colds, hangovers, and more, though there is no scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness for these ailments. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 The drink list, which reads like a sure-fire hangover to this middle-age mom, is full of ’90s-era ingredients such as curacao, Malibu rum and Tang. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Ox Cart’s new format offers playful food, sweet drinks and a good time," 6 June 2019 Whatever the case, Corbyn missed the feast and was therefore able to rise on Tuesday morning with a clear conscience, no champagne hangover, and an auspicious duty ahead. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Royal Treatment," 4 June 2019 The 30,000 square-foot-spa is a must for nursing any hangovers—and healing those sore muscles. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "5 Luxury Destinations for a Mother-Daughter Trip," 9 May 2019 The party sliding to hangover, that stirring sensation of emancipation subsides. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 Is Nevada going to come down to Earth and suffer a hangover? John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Watch: John Canzano previews The Week Ahead for Oregon Ducks and Oregon State," 2 Sep. 2019 Rihanna, likely recovering from a gnarly hangover thanks to Seth Meyers, got her second wind at the BET Awards on Sunday night. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "No One Had A Better BET Awards Show Than Rihanna," 24 June 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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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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