hiccup

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Etymology[edit]

Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminutive suffix). Akin to Dutch hik (hiccup), Low German hick (hiccup), Danish hikke (hiccup).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɪkəp/, /ˈhɪkʌp/
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  • Hyphenation: hic‧cup

Noun[edit]

hiccup (plural hiccups)

  1. A spasm of the diaphragm, or the resulting sound.
    There was a loud hiccup from the back of the room and the class erupted in laughter.
  2. (by extension) Any spasm or sudden change.
    • 2010, Oli Smith, Nuclear Time, page 197:
      Albert didn't notice the switch, the subliminal flash and hiccup in time as the man he had been talking to only seconds before was catapulted backwards half an hour.
  3. A minor setback.
    There's been a slight hiccup in the processing of this quarter's results

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Verb[edit]

hiccup (third-person singular simple present hiccups, present participle hiccuping or hiccupping, simple past and past participle hiccuped or hiccupped)

  1. To have the hiccups.

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