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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hiccup, hiccough, singultus(verb)

    (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

    "how do you cure the hiccups?"

  2. hiccup, hiccough(verb)

    breathe spasmodically, and make a sound

    "When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hiccough(noun)

    a modified respiratory movement; a spasmodic inspiration, consisting of a sudden contraction of the diaphragm, accompanied with closure of the glottis, so that further entrance of air is prevented, while the impulse of the column of air entering and striking upon the closed glottis produces a sound, or hiccough

  2. Hiccough(verb)

    to have a hiccough or hiccoughs

  3. Origin: [OE. hickup, hicket, hickock; prob. of imitative origin; cf. D. & Dan. hik, Sw. hicka, Armor. hak, hik, W. ig, F. hoquet.]

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