• To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
  • To force something out of the throat or lungs by coughing.
  • To make a noise like a cough.



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  • barking cough
  • bitonal cough
  • blood cough
  • chesty cough
  • choking cough
  • churchyard cough
  • congested cough
  • croupy cough
  • dry cough
  • effective cough
  • hacking cough
  • lingering cough
  • loose cough
  • nasty cough
  • nervous cough
  • non-productive cough
  • obstinate cough
  • paroxysmal cough
  • persistent cough
  • productive cough
  • retching cough
  • single cough
  • smoker's cough
  • spasmodic cough
  • staccato cough
  • tickling cough
  • tickly cough
  • tooth cough
  • tracheal cough
  • wet cough


  • From Middle English coughen, coghen, from Old English cohhian (compare Old English cohhetan ("to shout")), from Proto-Germanic *kuh-. Cognate with Dutch kuchen ("to cough"), German keuchen ("to pant"), Albanian hukat ("pant, gasp").

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