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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
  • And the best thing after a hangover position is to not compound the mistake with more drinking.
  • The only certain way to avoid a hangover is to limit your drinking.
  • There is probably no hangover that comes anywhere close to the hangover from an exorcism.
  • And by the next morning, you're likely to feel awful-the throbbing, band-around-the-head feeling of a migraine or a hangover.
  • In all likelihood, the hangover has been a part of human history a lot longer than the goblet.
  • If things don't go well, one can get acute mountain sickness, which often starts with a headache reminiscent of a hangover.
  • But alcohol's effects on our heads go well beyond a mere hangover.
  • JuJu: nah, you recalibrate everything constantly, so there's no way this could be a hangover from infancy.
  • The afternoon-free from the blur of hangover or the fug of sleep-is when our shared predicament on this planet becomes clear.
  • His memoir evokes both the intoxication of the revolution and the hangover that followed.
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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