verb \ˈkf\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to expel air from the lungs suddenly with an explosive noise
:  to make a noise like that of coughing
transitive verb
:  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



: 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

:  a condition marked by repeated or frequent coughing
:  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.

First Known Use of COUGH

14th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic


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