hiccough definition

  • noun:
    • Alternative spelling of hiccup.
    • A modified breathing activity; a spasmodic determination, composed of a sudden contraction associated with the diaphragm, accompanied with closure associated with glottis, making sure that additional entry of atmosphere is prevented, as the impulse of this line of air entering and hitting upon the shut glottis creates a sound, or hiccough.
    • (usually plural) the state of getting reflex spasms of the diaphragm associated with an instant closing associated with the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion
  • verb:
    • Alternative spelling of hiccup.
    • inhale spasmodically, and also make a sound
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To have a hiccough or hiccoughs.

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