Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Unpleasant physical effects following the heavy use of alcohol.
  • n. A letdown, as after a period of excitement.
  • n. A vestige; a holdover: hangovers from prewar legislation.

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  • n. Illness caused by a previous bout of alcohol drinking.
  • n. An unpleasant relic left from prior events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unpleasant feeling, such as a headache, occurring as an aftereffect from the use of drugs (especially alcohol).
  • n. an official who remains in office after his term.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. disagreeable aftereffects from the use of drugs (especially alcohol)
  • n. something that has survived from the past
  • n. an official who remains in office after his term

Etymologies

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American English; hang + over. First sence was first attested in 1904. Second sence was first attested in 1894.

Examples

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  • What about hamover?

    June 22, 2009

  • Sorry. Couldn't resist.

    April 10, 2009

  • *groans*

    April 10, 2009

  • Because it's cured? ;-)

    April 9, 2009

  • Failing that, why not try bacon...

    April 9, 2009

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry's carefully-considered hangover remedy consists of toast and honey. Quite apart from the nutritional benefits of such a morning-after breakfast, it's certainly a combination that puts a smile on my face.

    http://www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/PressReleases/2005/HangoverAvoidance.asp

    The upmarket name for a hangover is veisalgia.

    December 17, 2007