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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English *host, *hoste, from Old Norse hósti (a cough), akin to Icelandic hósti, Swedish hosta, Danish hoste (a cough). More at whoost.

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NounEdit

hoast (plural hoasts)

  1. (dialectal) A cough.
    • 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, Sunset Song, Polygon 2006 (A Scots Quair), p. 17:
      in the winter time, right in the middle of the Lord's Prayer, maybe, you'd hear an outbreak of hoasts fit to lift off the roof [...].

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English *hosten, from Old Norse hósta (to cough), from Proto-Germanic *hwōstāną (to cough).

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VerbEdit

hoast (third-person singular simple present hoasts, present participle hoasting, simple past and past participle hoasted)

  1. (intransitive, dialectal) To cough.

Etymology 3Edit

Variant forms.

NounEdit

hoast (plural hoasts)

  1. Obsolete form of host.

VerbEdit

hoast (third-person singular simple present hoasts, present participle hoasting, simple past and past participle hoasted)

  1. Obsolete form of host.

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