[hik-uhp, -uh p] /ˈhɪk ʌp, -əp/
a quick, involuntary inhalation that follows a spasm of the diaphragm and is suddenly checked by closure of the glottis, producing a short, relatively sharp sound.
Usually, hiccups. the condition of having such spasms:
She got the hiccups just as she began to speak.
Informal. a minor difficulty, interruption, setback, etc.:
a hiccup in the stock market.
verb (used without object), hiccuped or hiccupped, hiccuping or hiccupping.
to make the sound of a hiccup:
The motor hiccuped as it started.
to have the hiccups.
Informal. to experience a temporary decline, setback, interruption, etc.:
There was general alarm when the economy hiccuped.
a spasm of the diaphragm producing a sudden breathing in followed by a closing of the glottis, resulting in a sharp sound Technical name singultus
the state or condition of having such spasms
(informal) a minor difficulty or problem
verb -cups, -cuping, -cuped, -cups, -cupping, -cupped, -coughs, -coughing, -coughed
(intransitive) to make a hiccup or hiccups
(transitive) to utter with a hiccup or hiccups
1570s, hickop, earlier hicket, hyckock, “a word meant to imitate the sound produced by the convulsion of the diaphragm” [Abram Smythe Farmer, “Folk-Etymology,” London, 1882]. Cf. French hoquet, Danish hikke, etc. Modern spelling first recorded 1788; An Old English word for it was ælfsogoða, so called because hiccups were thought to be caused by elves.
1580s; see hiccup (n.).
hiccup hic·cup or hic·cough (hĭk’əp)
A spasm of the diaphragm causing sudden inhalation interrupted by spasmodic closure of the glottis, producing a characteristic noise.
hic’cup or hic’cough v.
A brief interruption; spasmodic stoppage: The violence in Moscow is another hiccup in Russia’s drive for democracy (1980s+)
[hik-uhp, -uh p] /ˈhɪk ʌp, -əp/ noun 1. a quick, involuntary inhalation that follows a spasm of the diaphragm and is suddenly checked by closure of the glottis, producing a short, relatively sharp sound. 2. Usually, hiccups. the condition of having such spasms: She got the hiccups just as she began to speak. 3. Informal. […]
[heek et oo-bee-kwe; English hik et yoo-bahy-kwee] /ˈhik ɛt uˈbi kwɛ; English ˈhɪk ɛt yuˈbaɪ kwi/ Latin. 1. here and everywhere.
[heek yah-ket; English hik jey-set] /ˈhik ˈyɑ kɛt; English ˈhɪk ˈdʒeɪ sɛt/ Latin. 1. here lies (often used to begin epitaphs on tombstones). /hɪk ˈjækɛt/ uknown 1. (on gravestones) here lies Latin, hic iacet, “here lies,” commonly the first words of Latin epitaphs; from demonstrative pronomial adjective of place hic “here” + iacet “it lies,” […]
[hik] /hɪk/ noun 1. an unsophisticated, boorish, and provincial person; rube. adjective 2. pertaining to or characteristic of hicks: hick ideas. 3. located in a rural or culturally unsophisticated area: a hick town. /hɪk/ noun 1. (informal) n. late 14c. as a pet form of masc. proper name Richard. Meaning “awkward provincial person” was established […]