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cough

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verb \ ˈkȯf \

Definition of cough

intransitive verb
1 :to expel air from the lungs suddenly with a sharp, short noise :to emit a cough (see 2cough 1)
  • The dust made him cough repeatedly.
2 :to make a noise like that of coughing
  • The engine coughed and sputtered and then stopped.
transitive verb
:to expel by coughing often used with up
  • cough up mucus

Examples of cough in a Sentence

  1. She was coughing and sneezing all day.

  2. The dust made him cough.

  3. The engine coughed and sputtered and then stopped.

Recent Examples of cough from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of cough

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


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cough

noun

Definition of cough

1 :a sudden, sharp-sounding expulsion of air from the lungs acting as a protective mechanism to clear the air passages or as a symptom of pulmonary disturbance
2 :a condition marked by repeated or frequent coughing
  • She has a bad cough.

Examples of cough in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of cough

see 1cough



COUGH Defined for English Language Learners

cough

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verb

Definition of cough for English Language Learners

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

  • : to make a noise like that of coughing


cough

noun

Definition of cough for English Language Learners

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

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


COUGH Defined for Kids

1

cough

play
verb \ ˈkȯf \

Definition of cough for Students

coughed; coughing
1 :to force air from the lungs suddenly with a sharp short noise or series of noises
2 :to get rid of by coughing
  • cough up mucus

2

cough

noun

Definition of cough for Students

1 :a condition in which there is severe or frequent coughing
  • She has a bad cough.
2 :an act or sound of coughing
  • a dry cough

Medical Dictionary

1

cough

play
intransitive verb \ ˈkȯf \

medical Definition of cough

:to expel air from the lungs suddenly with a sharp, short noise usually in a series of efforts
transitive verb
:to expel by coughing often used with up
  • cough up mucus

2

cough

noun

medical Definition of cough

1 :a condition marked by repeated, frequent coughing
  • he has a bad cough
2 :a sudden, sharp-sounding expulsion of air from the lungs acting as a protective mechanism to clear the air passages or as a symptom of pulmonary disturbance


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