Cough Definition

kôf, kŏf
coughed, coughing, coughs
verb
coughed, coughing, coughs
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.
Webster's New World
To expel by coughing.
Webster's New World
To express or utter by coughing.
Webster's New World
To make a noise similar to noisy expulsion of air from the lungs.
The engine coughed and died.
American Heritage
To make a sound like this.
Webster's New World
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noun
coughs

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

Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough.
Wiktionary
The act or sound of coughing.
Webster's New World
A condition, as of the lungs or throat, causing frequent coughing.
Webster's New World
idiom
cough up
  • to bring up or eject (phlegm, food, etc.) by coughing
  • to hand over (money or the like)
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Cough

Noun

Singular:
cough
Plural:
coughs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Cough

Origin of Cough

  • 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

  • Middle English coughen ultimately of imitative origin

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

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