- n (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
- v breathe spasmodically, and make a sound
- The child may shake his head, nod, frown, scowl, blink, grimace, twist his mouth, sniff, hack, swallow, cough, sigh, hiccough, wiggle his ears, jerk his limbs, scratch himself.
- The hiccough results from a spasm of the victim's diaphragm, which suddenly descends and causes the lungs to suck in a draft of.
- Markus Brier in RTE.ie
Brier, who had a hole in one at the 11th the previous day, said: "I had wet hands after going birdie-birdie before the second hole and shouldn't have tried to get over the water from the bunker. My ball hit the lip. It was my only hiccough of the...