Definition of hangover in English:

hangover

noun

  • 1A severe headache or other after-effects caused by drinking an excess of alcohol.

    • ‘Never have collective headaches and hangovers been better earned.’
    • ‘But, as with so many high-flyers of the 80s, the headaches and the hangovers were on their way.’
    • ‘Their mum supports a cycle of drinking the night away, sleeping out hangovers then sunbaking while drinking the rest of the day away.’
    • ‘These side-effects are far more severe than a hangover and can act as a strong deterrent to drinking.’
    • ‘Well perhaps it was not that dramatic, but at any rate, he had woken up to a pounding headache and a splitting hangover.’
    • ‘I had always been lucky when it had come to alcohol and hangovers.’
    • ‘Additionally, the increased rate of absorption seems to increase headaches and hangovers.’
    • ‘In true darts style, some of the lacklustre play was blamed on the drink - hangovers from the night before, that is.’
    • ‘They believe that the best cure for a hangover is to start drinking the same stuff again as quickly as possible.’
    • ‘This herbal remedy appears to retard drunkenness when taken before drinking and negate hangovers when taken after.’
    • ‘Those of you who think alcohol induces hangovers are so seriously lacking in knowledge.’
    • ‘If teams are supposed to have hangovers after European matches how come Celtic make the opposition do all the suffering?’
    • ‘I've always thought of hangovers as alcohol's vengeful older brother.’
    • ‘Seeing the disaster zone in the cold light of day can be enough to speed a headache to a full-blown hangover.’
    • ‘This morning I have just a bit of a hangover having gone out drinking with Jimmy the Bollix last night.’
    • ‘Being the great friend that I am, I go to the mini fridge and go mix up a special drink for hangovers.’
    • ‘Your cousin Harry pours drinks so strong your hangover gets a hangover?’
    • ‘They left him with the kind of domestic and professional headaches which render hangovers mere child's play.’
    • ‘Dave, Geoff and myself had very severe hangovers and someone complained that the air in the cave smelt of stale beer fumes.’
    • ‘He was starting to think that the massive headache he got from hangovers would be an every day thing.’
    headache
    the morning after the night before, head
    crapulence, crapulousness
    babalaas
    katzenjammer
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  • 2A custom, habit, feeling, etc. that survives from the past:

    ‘this feeling of insecurity was in part a hangover from her schooldays’
    • ‘The poles are a hangover from the days when barbers doubled as surgeons and carried out bloodletting.’
    • ‘This could be a hangover from communism, while there could be other influences.’
    • ‘I carried a hangover from my club situation into the World Cup finals.’
    • ‘It's hard to say whether this is a hangover from the breakdown or just his incredible nervous energy finding an outlet.’
    • ‘There's a hangover from that which has made people reluctant to chase after the big money.’
    • ‘This kind of language is a hangover from when weblogs were written largely by and for web geeks.’
    • ‘The name was a hangover from the First World War, when the larger mortars were employed to lay down smoke or gas.’
    • ‘Lulled by its peace we rather like its decay, the sense of being a hangover from another era.’
    • ‘Mr Mahony blames a hangover from the Honeyford affair on the failure to establish real dialogue on race issues.’
    • ‘One feature that he sees as a hangover from the past is how people react when they have made mistakes.’
    • ‘As a result this practice, a hangover from the old regime, was discontinued in 1995.’
    • ‘I guess it's a hangover from my childhood in Japan: I find koi extremely calming.’
    • ‘The closing of the precinct was a hangover from the casino idea, which was still a possibility.’
    • ‘Instead they appear as hangovers from the past or the result of mistaken government policies.’
    • ‘You might dismiss them as hangovers of the past, doomed to early extinction.’
    • ‘This popular fallacy about room temperature is a hangover from the years when wine was a luxury for the few.’
    • ‘However, the historical elements you use should be those that are meaningful to you, not just hangovers from the past that nobody has really thought about.’
    • ‘The internal one is a hangover from the Soviet times and is their only valid form of I.d.’
    • ‘Like refrigerated Valpolicella and pet rocks, it feels like a hangover from another age.’
    • ‘I don't think there will be a hangover from then; they got that sorted in November.’

Pronunciation:

hangover

/ˈhaŋəʊvə/