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cough

cough

 
 
pronunciation:
kawf
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: coughed, coughing, coughs
definition 1: to release air noisily and spasmodically from the lungs as a result of illness or foreign matter in the respiratory system.
Hours after the fire was put out, we were still coughing.He's been coughing all night and feels miserable.
definition 2: to emit a noise like that of coughing.
The failing engine coughed a few times, then refused to start again.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to eject or bring up by means of coughing (often fol. by up).
People with tuberculosis often cough up blood.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an instance of coughing.
Several coughs could be heard from throughout the audience.He could restrain his cough no longer and had to go out into the hallway.
definition 2: an illness with coughing as a main symptom.
I had a dreadful cough that lasted for weeks.
definition 3: any noise like that of coughing.
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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