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 Usually results appear instantly, but there was a delay, some kind of technological hiccup. New York Times, "What Happens When Our Faces Are Tracked Everywhere We Go?," 18 Mar. 2021 Ordinarily, an occasional hiccup can be explained away as ebbs and flows of a season. Star Tribune, "Confounding Gophers men's basketball team defies explanation," 15 Feb. 2021 The best course of action is figuring out your hiccup triggers, which can keep hiccups from ever starting. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, "How to get rid of hiccups," 12 Mar. 2021 Only one of California’s 58 counties, Kern County, has signed contracts to participate in the Blue Shield agreement, marking another potential hiccup in a vaccination rollout that has frustrated many Californians. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Clara County refuses to participate in California's Blue Shield-managed vaccine distribution," 8 Mar. 2021 Beyond the construction hiccup, the city and the conservancy are also facing pushback on an in-the-works plan to generate revenue from the improved Botanical Building for its ongoing maintenance. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Long-planned renovation of Balboa Park’s Botanical Building hits a snag," 5 Mar. 2021 In the second year under coach Juwan Howard, Michigan is having one of its best seasons in program history, smashing every challenge — except for a big hiccup Tuesday against Illinois. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans basketball: Time, TV, game info," 4 Mar. 2021 Over the last century, a hiccup in geological time, low-energy explosive eruptions and lava flows, both fed from the summit and side vents, have characterized Etna. Fox News, "Mount Etna puts on its latest spectacular show," 26 Feb. 2021 But those of us who have watched the Twins excel in the last two regular seasons — and indeed over a lot of seasons in the past two decades, save for a hiccup in the early part of the 2010s — are rightfully greedy. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Twins head into spring two pitchers short of true contention," 17 Feb. 2021 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 11 Apr. 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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