Jump to navigation Jump to search
hiccup (plural hiccups)
- 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.
- (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.
- (informal) A minor setback.
- There's been a slight hiccup in the processing of this quarter's results.
- (spasm of the diaphragm): myoclonus
spasm of the diaphragm
- (intransitive) To produce a hiccup; have the hiccups.
- (transitive) To say with a hiccup.
- "I haven't touched a drop, officer," the suspect hiccupped.
- (intransitive) To produce an abortive sound like a hiccup.
- The car engine hiccupped but wouldn't start.