hiccup
I. noun also hiccough Etymology: imitative Date: circa 1580 1. a spasmodic inhalation with closure of the glottis accompanied by a peculiar sound 2. an attack of hiccuping — usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr. 3. a. a slight irregularity, error, or malfunction <
a few hiccups in the computer system
>
b. a usually minor and short-lived interruption or disruption, or change <
a hiccup in the stock market
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II. intransitive verb also hiccough (hiccuped; also hiccupped; hiccuping; also hiccupping) Date: circa 1580 to make a hiccup; also to be affected with hiccups

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hiccup — (also hiccough (pronounced same)) ► NOUN 1) an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm and respiratory organs, with a sudden closure of the glottis and a characteristic gulping sound. 2) a minor difficulty or setback. ► VERB (hiccuped, hiccuping) ▪… …   English terms dictionary

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  • hiccup — has inflected forms hiccuped, hiccuping. The spelling hiccough, formed by false association with cough, has nothing to recommend it …   Modern English usage

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  • hiccup — (also hiccough) noun 1 sound made in the throat ADJECTIVE ▪ small ▪ loud VERB + HICCUP ▪ give, let out ▪ She gave a l …   Collocations dictionary

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