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[hang-oh-ver] /ˈhæŋˌoʊ vər/
the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.
something remaining behind from a former period or state of affairs.
any aftermath of or lingering effect from a distressing experience:
the post-Watergate hangover in Washington.
Origin of hangover
1890-95, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hang over
1. queasiness, sickishness, qualm, nausea. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hangover
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  • Those kings made decisions, most of the time, on whether or not they had a hangover, or what some court favorite thought.

    Crossroads of Destiny Henry Beam Piper
  • hangover or no hangover, Malone told himself grimly, there was work to be done.

    Out Like a Light Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "Don't forget to remind me to take a hangover pill before I go to work in the morning," he told Ciel.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
  • You've worked off the kwil and now you're in the hangover period.

    The Star Hyacinths James H. Schmitz
  • When he had awakened, it had been with the euphoria all gone and with his present hangover.

    The Stars, My Brothers Edmond Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for hangover


the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness
a person or thing left over from or influenced by a past age
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Word Origin and History for hangover

also hang-over, 1894, "a survival, a thing left over from before," from hang (v.) + over. Meaning "after-effect of drinking too much" is first attested 1904, on notion of something left over from the night before.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for hangover



The headache, morbid sensitivity, nausea, etc, felt upon awakening some hours after drinking too much liquor (1912+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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