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?"
breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
"When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water"
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.
A minor setback.
There's been a slight hiccup in the processing of this quarter's results
To have the hiccups.
Origin: Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick, Danish hikke.
A hiccup is an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that may repeat several times per minute. In medicine it is known as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter, or singultus, Latin for the act of catching one's breath while sobbing. The hiccup is an involuntary action involving a reflex arc. Once triggered, the reflex causes a strong contraction of the diaphragm followed about 0.25 seconds later by closure of the vocal cords, which results in the classic "hic" sound. At the same time, the normal peristalsis of the esophagus is suppressed. Hiccups may occur individually, or they may occur in bouts. The rhythm of the hiccup, or the time between hiccups, tends to be relatively constant. A bout of hiccups, in general, resolves itself without intervention, although many home remedies are often used to attempt to shorten the duration. Medical treatment is occasionally necessary in cases of chronic hiccups.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hik′up, n. the involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, while the glottis is spasmodically closed: the sound caused by this—also, but erroneously, Hic′cough.—v.i. to be affected with hiccup.—v.t. to say with a hiccup:—pr.p. hicc′upping; pa.p. hicc′upped.—adj. Hicc′upy, marked by hiccups. [Imit.; cf. Dut. hik, Dan. hikke, Bret. hik. The spelling hiccough is due to a confusion with cough.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A spasm of the diaphragm that causes a sudden inhalation followed by rapid closure of the glottis which produces a sound.
The numerical value of hiccup in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of hiccup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Overall, this is just a normal hiccup.
It's a minor hiccup. For a 40 year plan to do something, this afternoon's price is just blip.
Greece is always worth paying attention to, but it's a hiccup. I don't see it as anything that makes a difference in the overall market.
The current poor state of cyber security has created a phenomenon that causes people to assume every technology hiccup is the result of a hack.
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Translations for hiccup
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- حَازُوقَة, فَوَاقَ, فُوَاقArabic
- singlotCatalan, Valencian
- škytat, škytnutí, škytnoutCzech
- hikke, hikDanish
- hicksen, SchluckaufGerman
- hipar, hipoSpanish
- luksatus, luksumine, luksuma, luksatamaEstonian
- هکه, هکک, سکسکه, سکسکه کردنPersian
- hikka, hikotella, yskintä, nikotella, takelteluFinnish
- hista, histan, hist, histiFaroese
- cahot, accroc, [[avoir]] le [[hoquet]], anicroche, obstacle, hoquet, hoqueterFrench
- զկռտալ, զկռտոցArmenian
- singhiozzo, singhiozzareItalian
- しゃっくり, ヒックJapanese
- სლოკინი, დასლოკინება, წამოსლოკინებაGeorgian
- ықылық ату, ықылықтау, ық етуKazakh
- 딸꾹질, 딸꾹질하다Korean
- ык этүү, ыктытууKyrgyz
- hickenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- žagsėti, žagsulysLithuanian
- žagas, žagotiesLatvian
- олца, икаMacedonian
- hikken, hik, tegenvallerDutch
- czkawka, czknąć, czkaćPolish
- soluço, soluçarPortuguese
- sughiț, sughițaRomanian
- ико́та, ика́ть, икну́ть, [[небо́льшой]] [[сбой]], загво́здкаRussian
- štucati, штуцатиSerbo-Croatian
- zaštikútať, štikútavka, čkanie, čkavka, čkať, začkaťSlovak
- hicka, hickningSwedish
- ҳиққак заданTajik
- hıçkırık, hıçkırmakTurkish
- гика́ти, іка́тиUkrainian
- nấc, cái nấc, nấc cục, hiccupVietnamese
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