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ˈhɪk ʌp, -əphic·cup

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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"


  1. hiccup(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick, Danish hikke.

  2. hiccup(Noun)

    A minor setback.

    There's been a slight hiccup in the processing of this quarter's results

    Etymology: Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick, Danish hikke.

  3. hiccup(Verb)

    To have the hiccups.

    Etymology: Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick, Danish hikke.


  1. Hiccup

    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

  1. Hiccup

    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

  1. Hiccup

    A spasm of the diaphragm that causes a sudden inhalation followed by rapid closure of the glottis which produces a sound.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hiccup in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hiccup in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of hiccup in a Sentence

  1. Martin Cooper:

    It's a minor hiccup. For a 40 year plan to do something, this afternoon's price is just blip.

  2. Mark Martiak:

    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.

  3. Paul Martini:

    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.

  4. Ian Nakamoto:

    Overall, this is just a normal hiccup.

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