American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spasm of the diaphragm resulting in a rapid, involuntary inhalation that is stopped by the sudden closure of the glottis and accompanied by a sharp, distinctive sound.
- n. An attack of these spasms. Often used with the.
- n. The sound made by such a spasm or a sound resembling it: "the urgent hiccup of a police siren” ( John Updike).
- v. To make a hiccup or a sound like a hiccup.
- v. To have an attack of hiccups.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A quick, involuntary, inspiratory movement of the diaphragm brought suddenly to a stop by an involuntary closing of the glottis; the affection of having such spasms: in the latter sense generally in the plural: as, to have the hiccups.
- To be affected with the hiccups; make the sound of a hiccup.
- To say, pronounce, or call out with an utterance interrupted by hiccups, as one who is intoxicated.
- n. (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
- v. breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
- Alteration of earlier hickock, from hic (onamotopoetic) + -ock (diminuitive suffix). Akin to Low German hick ("hiccup"), Danish hikke ("hiccup"). (Wiktionary)
- Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A good brain hiccup or an overly playful mind could come up with a phrase like that.”
“We can NOT predict if there will be adeep or just a short term hiccup in the market.”
“A short-term hiccup should not suffice," Genesco's counsel,”
“Twenty-three short-term hiccup extensions later, Congress is now acting to ensure that the U.S. aviation system remains a strong and vital part of our economy.”
“Chelsea's English Premier League title hiccup TOTTENHAM Hotspur breathed fresh life into the English Premier League title race with a 2-1 win over leaders Chelsea on a dramatic day of top-flight action in England overnight.”
“Clearly a short-term hiccup could lead to a buying opportunity, but one would have spent the last decade waiting for that to happen.”
“Whether it is a short-term hiccup, or Das Ende der Welt wie wir sie kennen, we need to prepare systematically.”
“If GE (or any of the other "too bigs") fails, it is a short-term hiccup compared to the cost, both near-term and long, of the bailouts!!”
“With the stock priced for much higher profit levels two years out, we think the stock would be vulnerable to a nearterm hiccup in the selling rate," Ceraso said.”
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