hiccup

Part of speech: verb

To have the hiccups; utter a hiccup; utter with hiccups.

Part of speech: noun

A short, catching sound due to spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm and windpipe.

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Usage examples "hiccup":

  1. Her fair cousin, to whom he bowed, awakened him to a perception of the spectacle causing the slight, quick arrest of her look, in an astonishment not unlike the hiccup in speech, while her act of courtesy proceeded. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  2. The Pulse, which at first was pretty hard, becomes quick and small; the Strength entirely vanishes; a Raving comes on; a Hiccup almost constantly supervenes, and sometimes general Convulsions; the Extremities grow cold, the Pulse scarcely perceivable; the Pain and the Vomiting cease, and the Patient dies very quickly after. - "Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health", Samuel Auguste David Tissot.
  3. He was Scotch and his name was Colin Hiccup Grunt, as near as I could hear it. - "Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters", Henry Wallace Phillips.