Middle English , coughen , from coghen Old English (compare Old English *cohhian ( cohhetan “ to shout ”)), from Proto-Germanic . Cognate with Dutch *kuh- ( kuchen “ to cough ”), German ( keuchen “ to pant ”), Albanian ( hukat “ pant, gasp ”).
cough ( third-person singular simple present , coughs present participle , coughing simple past and past participle ) coughed
To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
: 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp
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.
: 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, , chapter XI Jeeves in the Offing
I drew a deep breath, and a moment later wished I hadn't, because I drew it while drinking the remains of my gin and tonic. “Does Kipper know of this?“ I said, when I had finished coughing.
I breathed in a lungful of smoke by mistake, and started to cough. To make a noise like a cough.
The engine coughed and sputtered.
Derived terms Edit
push air from the lungs
( жөтөлүү cötölüü) Lao:
( ໄອ 'ai) Latgalian:
, klepot kāsēt Lithuanian:
ка́шла ( impf kášla) Malay:
ханиах ( (mn) haniah) Nahuatl:
tossir (oc) Persian:
سرفیدن ( (fa) sorfidan), سرفه کردن ( (fa) sorfe kardan) Polish:
kaszleć (pl) Portuguese:
tossir (pt) Romanian:
tuși (ro) Romansch:
, tusser , tuoscher , tosser , tussir tuossir Russian:
ка́шлять (ru) ( impf kášljatʹ), кашляну́ть (ru) ( pf kašljanútʹ) Sardinian:
, tuscire , tussire tussiri Scots:
coch Scottish Gaelic:
dèan casad Serbo-Croatian:
кашљати impf Roman:
kašljati (sh) impf Slovak:
kašľať , impf kašlať impf Slovene:
kašljati (sl) impf Spanish:
toser (es) Swahili:
hosta (sv) Tajik:
сулфидан ( (tg) sulfidan) Telugu:
దగ్గు ( (te) daggu) Thai:
ไอ ( (th) ay) Turkish:
öksürmek (tr) Turkmen:
ка́шляти ( impf kášljaty) Urdu:
( کھانسنا khāṇsnā) Uzbek:
yoʻtalmoq (uz) Venetian:
, tosir , toser tosar Vietnamese:
ho (vi) Volapük:
kögön (vo) Walloon:
tossî (wa) Yiddish:
( הוסטן hustn)
make a noise like a cough
cough ( plural ) coughs
A light cough
sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.
Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough. 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.
Used to focus attention on a following utterance, often a euphemism or an attribution of blame
He was – cough – indisposed.
Derived terms Edit
expulsion of air from the lungs
condition that causes one to cough
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