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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Hiccup.
  • v. Belch or burp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To hiccough.
  • n. A hiccough.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hiccup.
  • n. A hiccup.


From Middle English yexen, yixen, yesken, from Old English ġeocsian, ġiscian ("to hiccup"), from Proto-Germanic *giskōnan (“to yawn”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeys- (“gaping, cracked”). Cognate with Middle Low German gischen ("to sob, sigh"), Middle High German geschen, gischen ("to yawn, gape"). (Wiktionary)



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    December 16, 2008

  • yex hiccup, sob (how yexing)

    December 27, 2006