Cough meaning

kôf, kŏf
To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
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To expel by coughing.

Coughed up phlegm.

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The act of coughing.
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An illness marked by frequent coughing.
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The definition of cough is to force air loudly, without warning through the opening between the vocal cords.

An example of to cough is clearing a tickle in your throat.

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To expel air suddenly and noisily from the lungs through the glottis, to clear the air passages or as the result of an involuntary muscle spasm in the throat.
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To make a sound like this.
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To expel by coughing.
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To express or utter by coughing.
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To make a noise similar to noisy expulsion of air from the lungs.

The engine coughed and died.

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The act or sound of coughing.
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A condition, as of the lungs or throat, causing frequent coughing.
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To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
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To expel by coughing.

Coughed up phlegm.

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An illness marked by frequent coughing.
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The act of expelling air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
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To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.

I breathed in a load of smoke by mistake, and started to cough.

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To make a noise like a cough.

The engine coughed and sputtered.

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A sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.

Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough.

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A condition that causes one to cough; a tendency to cough.

Sorry, I can't come to work today – I've got a nasty cough.

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The act of coughing.
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cough up
  • To bring up or eject (phlegm, food, etc.) by coughing.
  • To hand over (money or the like).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of cough

  • Middle English coughen ultimately of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English coughen, coghen, from Old English *cohhian (compare Old English cohhetan (“to shout”)), from Proto-Germanic *kuh-. Cognate with Dutch kuchen (“to cough”), German keuchen (“to pant”), Albanian hukat (“pant, gasp”).

    From Wiktionary