From Proto-Germanic*kuh- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as *cohhian; compare cohhetan (“shout”)). Cognate with Dutch kuchen (“cough”), German keuchen (“pant”), Albanian hukat (“pant, gasp”).
One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.” He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
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