Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An attack of these spasms. Often used with the.
  • noun The sound made by such a spasm or a sound resembling it.
  • intransitive verb To make a hiccup or a sound like a hiccup.
  • intransitive verb To have an attack of hiccups.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A spasm of the diaphragm, or the resulting sound.
  • noun A minor setback.
  • verb To have the hiccups.

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

  • noun (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
  • verb breathe spasmodically, and make a sound

Etymologies

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

[Imitative.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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