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English noun: hiccup

1. hiccup (state) (usually plural) the state of having reflex spasms of the diaphragm accompanied by a rapid closure of the glottis producing an audible sound; sometimes a symptom of indigestion

SamplesHow do you cure the hiccups?.

Synonymshiccough, singultus

Broader (hypernym)inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, symptom, unconditioned reflex

Domain usageplural, plural form

English verb: hiccup

1. hiccup (body) breathe spasmodically, and make a sound

SamplesWhen you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath

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