A spasm of the diaphragm, or the resulting sound.
‘There was a loud hiccup from the back of the room and the class erupted in laughter.’;
(by extension) Any spasm or sudden change.
(intransitive) To emit a burp.
A minor setback.
‘There's been a slight hiccup in the processing of this quarter's results’;
(transitive) To cause someone (such as a baby) to burp.
(intransitive) To produce a hiccup; have the hiccups.
to same as belch; as, In China it is polite to burp at the table.
(transitive) To say with a hiccup.
‘"I haven't touched a drop, officer," the suspect hiccupped.’;
to cause to belch; - used especially of actions parents take to relieve stomach gas in infants; as, mother fed and burped the baby, and put her to bed.
(intransitive) To produce an abortive sound like a hiccup.
‘The car engine hiccupped but wouldn't start.’;
a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth.
(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;
‘how do you cure the hiccups?’;
a reflex that expels wind noisily from the stomach through the mouth
breathe spasmodically, and make a sound;
‘When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water’;
expel gas from the stomach;
‘In China it is polite to burp at the table’;
A hiccup (also spelled hiccough) is an involuntary contraction (myoclonic jerk) of the diaphragm that may repeat several times per minute. The hiccup is an involuntary action involving a reflex arc.