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  • n. Alternative spelling of hiccup.
  • v. Alternative spelling of hiccup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To have a hiccough or hiccoughs.

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

  • v. breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
  • 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

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Examples

  • A suitable ‘expectation’ of Aristophanes is raised by the ludicrous circumstance of his having the hiccough, which is appropriately cured by his substitute, the physician

    The Symposium

  • Aristophanes is raised by the ludicrous circumstance of his having the hiccough, which is appropriately cured by his substitute, the physician

    Symposium

  • I did have one minor hiccough where the tension decided to go do-lally for no particular reason (i.e. wasn't at a bobbin change, etc) but I did catch it before I'd sewed too much, and of course, when the tension goes odd, it's often easy to unpick as one of the threads is just lying there with big loops around it ...

    One Hawaiian Down...

  • Like when— She was seized by a hiccough, and the violence made her cry again; Olivia patted her back until she could talk.

    Starting from Scratch

  • Or who just glided effortlessly through life with nary a hiccough, much less a contretemps?

    On David Remnick, Jack Cashill, and the authorship of “Dreams From My Father”

  • If people find your correction cumbersome and unclear, it will be jettisoned to land next to words like ‘doughnut’ and ‘hiccough’.

    Why I’m Thru With ‘GH’ | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • I wrote a fic that took me a year to get done, but I posted each chapter as I went (every two weeks, with a hiccough here and there) and got feedback.

    October « 2008 « Morgan Dempsey

  • With that he hiccoughed again, at least a 7.5 on the hiccough scale, and keeled over sideways.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Every hiccough of our sewers costs us a thousand francs.

    Les Miserables

  • A final hiccough was required, and France has emitted it.

    Les Miserables

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  • S. Behrman hiccoughed slightly and passed a fat hand over his waistcoat.

    - Frank Norris, The Octopus, ch. 2

    August 9, 2008