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cough

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verb \ˈkȯf\

Simple Definition of cough

  • : to force air through your throat with a short, loud noise often because you are sick

  • : to make a noise like that of coughing

Full Definition of cough

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to expel air from the lungs suddenly with an explosive noise

  3. 2 :  to make a noise like that of coughing

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to expel by coughing —often used with up <cough up mucus>

Examples of cough

  1. She was coughing and sneezing all day.

  2. The dust made him cough.

  3. The engine coughed and sputtered and then stopped.



Origin of cough

Middle English, from Old English *cohhian; akin to Middle High German kūchen to breathe heavily


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with cough


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cough

noun

Simple Definition of cough

  • : a physical condition or illness that causes someone to cough

  • : an act of coughing or the sound made when someone coughs

Full Definition of cough

  1. 1 :  a condition marked by repeated or frequent coughing

  2. 2 :  an act or sound of coughing

Examples of cough

  1. He has a cough and a cold.

  2. They both have bad coughs.

  3. I heard a cough from the back of the church.



14th Century

First Known Use of cough

14th century



COUGH Defined for Kids

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cough

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verb \ˈkȯf\

Definition of cough

coughedcough·ing

  1. 1 :  to force air from the lungs suddenly with a sharp short noise or series of noises

  2. 2 :  to get rid of by coughing <cough up mucus>




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cough

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noun

Definition of cough

  1. 1 :  a condition in which there is severe or frequent coughing <She has a bad cough.>

  2. 2 :  an act or sound of coughing <a dry cough>




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