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hic·cup [or] hic·cough

hiccup [or] hiccough

 
pronunciation:
hI kuhp
parts of speech:
noun, verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden uncontrolled taking in of breath that is also stopped very quickly. A squeaking sound is often produced along with it. A hiccup is caused when the muscles used to breathe tighten up.
The baby made a loud hiccup and we all laughed.
definition 2: (plural) the state of having one hiccup after another.
He gets the hiccups whenever he drinks soda.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: hiccups, hiccoughs, hiccupping, hiccoughing, hiccupped, hiccoughed
definition: to make a hiccup or the sound of one.
She hiccupped so loud everyone turned to look.