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 Really a shame that, due to a hiccup in the voting process, Titans RB Derrick Henry, the NFL's 2019 rushing champ, didn't get deserved recognition as a first-team all-pro. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from wild-card weekend of NFL playoffs," 6 Jan. 2020 And with a hiccup in growth and margins at AWS, even the one sure thing for Amazon for now doesn’t look so certain. Washington Post, "Amazon’s One Sure Thing Starts to Look Shaky," 24 Oct. 2019 Newsome, Rontavius Green and Brown dropped long passes near the goal line in the first half, and there were more hiccups in the third. George Henry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Howell, Tar Heels take convincing win over Georgia Tech," 5 Oct. 2019 The problem with looking at smaller areas, Mote said, is that, with smaller sample sizes, there is a greater chance for hiccups in the data. oregonlive.com, "Washington Post analysis reveals two Oregon counties are among the fastest-warming in the country," 14 Aug. 2019 Despite the second-quarter hiccup in manufacturing, American consumer sentiment remains strong. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "What to expect from Friday's GDP report," 25 July 2019 But professional DJs can't risk a service hiccup in a club. Harley Brown, Billboard, "As Downloads Keep Sliding, Streaming Is Coming to the DJ Booth," 17 June 2019 But rather than rush into a less-than-ideal location, Cincinnati used the hiccups in Detroit and Sacramento to its advantage, and turned its attention and resources toward the West End. Brian Straus, SI.com, "FC Cincinnati to Be Awarded MLS Expansion Team, Club to Join League in 2019," 24 May 2018 The team of researchers at the Institute for Nuclear Research at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Atomki) noticed a strange hiccup in the decays of beryllium-8 nuclei. Quanta Magazine, "Have Physicists Discovered a New Boson?," 14 June 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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

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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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9 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hiccup.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiccuping. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for hiccup

hiccup

noun
How to pronounce hiccup (audio)

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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