hiccup definition, meaning - what is hiccup in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hiccup”

See all translations

hiccup

noun (UK also hiccough) uk   us   /ˈhɪk.ʌp/

hiccup noun (NOISE)

[C usually plural] a loud noise that you make in the throat without wanting to, caused by a sudden tightening of a muscle just below the chest and usually happening repeatedlythe hiccups [plural] a series of hiccups: I've got the hiccups. an attack of the hiccups

hiccup noun (PROBLEM)

[C] a problem that delays or interrupts something for a while, but does not usually cause serious difficulties: We've had one or two slight hiccups, but progress has generally been quite steady.

hiccup

verb [I] (-p-) (UK also hiccough) uk   us   /ˈhɪk.ʌp/
to make a hiccup: I can't stop hiccuping - does anyone know a good cure?
(Definition of hiccup from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hiccup?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hiccup” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force somebody's hand

to make someone do something they do not want to do, or act sooner than they had intended

Word of the Day

Go ahead! (Phrasal verbs with ‘go’)

by Kate Woodford,
May 06, 2015
​​​ Every few weeks, we focus on phrasal verbs that are formed with a particular verb. This week, we’re looking at phrasal verbs that start with the verb ‘go’. As ever, we present a range of the most useful and common phrasal verbs. Some of the most common ‘go’ phrasal verbs are easy

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More