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

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 only hiccup was the glue involved in the application process. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2022 In the end, the only true hiccup was Larson's mouthful of wine that landed all over Gregory on the victory podium. Jenna Fryer, ajc, 8 June 2022 The first hiccup was that the Planning Department said the home had been illegally converted into three units by a previous owner, and the couple wanted to restore it to its original single-family home set-up. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2022 But the famed movie channel isn't letting this small hiccup slow them down. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 Her sister Megan had a similar lengthy hiccup period in her youth. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 4 July 2022 His latest hiccup came in the sixth inning against the Cubs. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2022 After a small hiccup, Highland’s veterans are getting another monument to their service in the form of a mural along the downtown’s busiest intersection. Michelle L. Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 18 June 2022 Occasionally—perhaps for one or two patients each day—there is a pause, a hiccup in the clinic’s streamlined activity. Sue Halpern, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Often when someone starts to hiccup, a debate begins among everyone nearby over which home remedy is the true cure. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Would wake up in the night to use the bathroom and start to hiccup. Korin Miller, Health.com, 13 Dec. 2021 Customers can usually tell when a brand is not being authentic due to mixed or low-value messaging, and a lack of transparency is oftentimes the first negative hiccup a customer hits with any brand. Expert Panel, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Rapinoe begins hiccuping, the beginning of the end for her night. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, 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, 12 Dec. 2019 Charles Osborne of Anthon, Iowa, began hiccupping in 1922 while attempting to weigh a hog. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, 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, 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, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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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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More Definitions for hiccup

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

hiccup

intransitive verb
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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