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 The one hiccup in this pithy and persuasive work is a detour denouncing the broad scope of presidential authority. Washington Post, "A fed-up judge condemns the inequities in America’s legal system," 19 Feb. 2021 The one hiccup that remains in this plan is that the Stars would not fit the requirement to expose at least two forwards and one defenseman that played either 40 games in 2020-21 or 70 games from 2019-21. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Who might the Dallas Stars lose to the expansion draft in the summer?," 21 Dec. 2020 The hiccup in the schedule could mean Tuukka Rask (3-1-1), who started vs the Flyers on Wednesday, will come right back for the Friday game. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins roll into Philly with goal of shutting down the Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk," 3 Feb. 2021 One hiccup to that plan came when starting forward Juwan Gray hobbled off the floor with what Skerry called a possible torn Achilles tendon after slipping with 1:54 to play. Rich Scherr, baltimoresun.com, "Towson earns first men’s basketball win of season, surging past Coppin State, 78-73," 26 Dec. 2020 With Friday's adjustment, Twitter is smoothing out its policies for Election Night, and eliminating a potentially major hiccup. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Twitter moves to deaden impact of false and misleading tweets ahead of Election Day," 9 Oct. 2020 Chase insisted that the error was just a coding hiccup and that the fix was manageable, but some OCC officials believed the bank still deserved punishment since so many customers were hurt. Patrick Rucker, ProPublica, "JPMorgan Chase Bank Wrongly Charged 170,000 Customers Overdraft Fees. Federal Regulators Refused to Penalize It.," 14 Dec. 2020 However, a hiccup in the distribution of the Pfizer vaccine, which has led to fewer doses arriving this week in states across the country, has potentially delayed the state’s timeline by about a week, officials have said. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Daily coronavirus updates: Gov. Lamont signs off on Moderna vaccine; Doses to begin arriving in Connecticut this week," 21 Dec. 2020 McCord has successfully done all three of those things without a hiccup. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Kyle McCord knows the competition at ‘QBU’ will be intense, but that’s why he committed to Ohio State: Buckeyes Recruiting," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rapinoe begins hiccuping, the beginning of the end for her night. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Power couples: Diana Taurasi, Penny Taylor on Instagram Live with Sue Bird, Megan Rapinoe," 27 Apr. 2020 Slip and slide After winning a season-high eight in a row, the Bruins had hiccupped over the last three (0-2-1) prior to Wednesday night, a dip only slightly worse than their 1-2-3 slide prior to that eight-game run. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins’ Brett Ritchie told to start faster out of the gate - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa, began hiccupping in 1922 while attempting to weigh a hog. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: “… and that’s when I swear I saw Elvis walk across my living room in blue suede shoes.”," 22 Sep. 2019 The defense hiccupped on L.A.’s first drive, with rookie end Joey Bosa looking confused and exiting to get sideline instruction and the Rams going 56 yards on seven runs for a 7-0 lead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: The Niners are back: Still unbeaten after D dominates Rams," 13 Oct. 2019 A few years after its discovery, this object was observed to hiccup again … and again, every few weeks or so. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Fast radio bursts from space have baffled scientists for years. But an explanation may come soon.," 3 Sep. 2019 Tifany, ran up to her mother and began to hiccup as her eyes overflowed with tears. Alice Driver, Longreads, "Oh, Girl!," 20 June 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiccup. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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 hiccup (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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