hiccup

noun
hic·​cup | \ ˈhi-(ˌ)kəp How to pronounce hiccup (audio) \
variants: or less commonly hiccough

Definition of hiccup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a spasmodic inhalation with closure of the glottis accompanied by a peculiar sound
2 : an attack of hiccuping usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
3a : a slight irregularity, error, or malfunction a few hiccups in the computer system
b : a usually minor and short-lived interruption or disruption, or change a hiccup in the stock market

hiccup

verb
variants: or less commonly hiccough
hiccuped also hiccupped; hiccuping also hiccupping

Definition of hiccup (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a hiccup also : to be affected with hiccups

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Examples of hiccup in a Sentence

Noun

Our computer problems were caused by a hiccup in the power supply. The stock market has continued to rise, except for a slight hiccup earlier this month.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

A week later, after a midweek hiccup vs. Philadelphia? Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 14: Don't Hold Your Breath for an MLS Cup Threematch," 4 June 2018 There haven’t been many hiccups for Beaubien this season. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan pitcher Meghan Beaubien is program's latest 'special' player," 17 May 2018 The turbine producers have battled to meet existing goals, with Pratt’s most recent engine-seal hiccup stalling deliveries until later this month. Bloomberg.com, "Airbus Is Said to Boost A320 Neo Production to Meet High Demand," 11 Apr. 2018 There were a few hiccups and the delivery date had to be pushed back because of the holidays, but otherwise everything was smooth sailing. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Everything to Know Before Buying the Tempur-Pedic LuxeAdapt Mattress," 1 Feb. 2019 After two perfect innings, Beer's lone hiccup came in the third inning when Pasadena's Robert Olivades singled, moved to second on a throwing error, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single from Jacob Green for the Bulldogs' run. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Beer Ks 14, drives in 3 as Crescenta Valley wins league opener," 28 Mar. 2018 The only hiccup came when Anderson strained his left oblique during an at-bat in a game in Cincinnati in late June. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chase Anderson evolved into complete pitcher, earning opening day assignment for Brewers," 28 Mar. 2018 For Airbus, supply hiccups largely focused on late engine deliveries, though internal delays compounded production problems. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Boeing, Airbus Miss 2018 Jet Delivery Targets," 8 Jan. 2019 One hiccup for Epic was the introduction shortly after of the Infinity Blade from the studio’s mobile game trilogy of the same name. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

San Diego County’s economy hiccuped in April after 18 months of growth, said a study from the University of San Diego released Thursday. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Report: San Diego economy slowed in April after 18 months of growth," 1 June 2018 Even a good smartphone with a strong network can stream movie and TV series and never hiccup. Kim Komando, Fox News, "Amazon porch pirates, Facebook defenses, expediting videos and more: Tech Q&A," 26 May 2018 This is all presuming Google will work out any performance hiccups the app may be having at launch on iOS. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The revamped Google News app is now available on iPhones and iPads," 16 May 2018 The offense hiccupped behind a very young cast, but that was to be expected. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's last-placed teams headed for better things in 2018 season," 3 Apr. 2018 Markowitz said the project is going smoothly, but probably won't be hiccup free. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "See inside the planned New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute on Howard Avenue," 7 Feb. 2018 But even before his injury, this offense was hiccupping. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "What Oakland’s Offense Is Missing," 16 Oct. 2017 Cyndi Lauper, joyously hiccuping her way through her feminist anthem (Girls Just Want to Have Fun). Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, "The world is crazy. Here's a little entertainment to help you cope," 10 Oct. 2017 Jones had a twang in his voice, hiccupping with abandon whenever the tempo quickened, but Williams was smooth, never rushing a song and never raising his voice. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Billboard, "Heartbeat in the Darkness: R.I.P. Don Williams, Whose Understated Strength Made His Music Perfect to Grow Old With," 9 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hiccup

Noun

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hiccup

Noun

imitative

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hiccup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hiccup

: a sound in your throat that is caused by a sudden, uncontrolled movement of muscles in your chest after you have eaten or drunk too much or too quickly
: a condition in which you make hiccups repeatedly
informal : a small problem, change, or delay

hiccup

noun
hic·​cup | \ ˈhi-ˌkəp How to pronounce hiccup (audio) \

Kids Definition of hiccup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a gulping sound caused by sudden movements of muscles active in breathing

hiccup

verb
hiccuped also hiccupped; hiccuping also hiccupping

Kids Definition of hiccup (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a gulping sound caused by sudden movements of muscles active in breathing

hiccup

noun
hic·​cup
variants: also hiccough \ ˈhik-​(ˌ)əp How to pronounce hiccough (audio) \

Medical Definition of hiccup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a spasmodic inhalation with closure of the glottis accompanied by a peculiar sound
2 : an attack of hiccuping usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction severe hiccups is sometimes seen after operationLancet intractable hiccup…may be successfully treatedJournal of the American Medical Association
variants: also hiccough
hiccuped also hiccupped or hiccoughed; hiccuping also hiccupping or hiccoughing

Medical Definition of hiccup (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a hiccup also : to be affected with hiccups

Other Words from hiccup

hiccuper also hiccougher noun

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