Definition of hiccup noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hiccup

     noun
    (also hiccough)noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhɪkʌp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɪkʌp//
     
     
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  1. 1[countable] a sharp, usually repeated, sound made in the throat, that is caused by a sudden movement of the diaphragm and that you cannot control She gave a loud hiccup.
  2. 2(the) hiccups [plural] a series of hiccups I ate too quickly and got hiccups. He had the hiccups.
  3. 3[countable] (informal) a small problem or temporary delay There was a slight hiccup in the timetable. We’ve planned it down to the last detail—we don’t want any unexpected hiccups.
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent.: imitative; the form hiccough arose by association with cough.Extra examples He suddenly had an attack of the hiccups. This one defeat was the only hiccup in the team’s steady progress up the League. Apart from the occasional hiccup, things ran pretty well. We’ve planned it down to the last detail—we don’t want any hiccups.
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