- also hic·cough \ˈhi-(ˌ)kəp\
- circa 1580
1: a spasmodic inhalation with closure of the glottis accompanied by a peculiar sound
2: an attack of —usually used in plural but singular or plural in construction
3 a: a slight irregularity, error, or malfunction <a few hiccups in the computer system> b: a usually minor and short-lived interruption or disruption, or change <a hiccup in the stock market>
hiccup. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
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