Pronunciation: (hik'up, -up),[key] —n., v.,-cuped or -cupped, -cup•ing or -cup•ping.
—n. 1. a quick, involuntary inhalation that follows a spasm of the diaphragm and is suddenly checked by closure of the glottis, producing a short, relatively sharp sound.
2. Usually, hiccups. the condition of having such spasms: She got the hiccups just as she began to speak. 3. Informal.a minor difficulty, interruption, setback, etc.: a hiccup in the stock market.
—v.i. 1. to make the sound of a hiccup: The motor hiccuped as it started. 2. to have the hiccups.
3. Informal.to experience a temporary decline, setback, interruption, etc.: There was general alarm when the economy hiccuped.Also,hic-coughPronunciation: (hik'up, -up).[key]