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cough

cough

 
pronunciation:
kawf
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: coughed, coughing, coughs
definition 1: to release air noisily from the lungs. A cough results from illness or from breathing in foreign matter.
Smoke from the flaming toaster made her cough.
definition 2: to bring up or eject by means of coughing.
The cat coughed up a piece of yarn.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instance of coughing.
Brian could tell by his cough that he was getting sick.
definition 2: an illness that causes a person to cough.
My goodness, you've got a terrible cough.
derivation: cougher (n.)
Word Builder: cough +
  • cough drop:
    a candy with medicine to help stop a cough.
  • cough syrup:
    a liquid medicine to help stop a cough.
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  air, disease, virus