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cough

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English

Etymology

From a Germanic imitative base *kox- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as *cohhian; compare cohhetan (shout)). Cognate with Dutch kuchen (cough), German keuchen (pant).

Pronunciation

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Verb

Infinitive
to cough

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to cough (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
    I breathed in a load of smoke by mistake, and started to cough.
  2. To make a noise like a cough
    The engine coughed and sputtered.

Translations

Noun

Singular
cough

Plural
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  1. (medicine) A sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.
    Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough.
  2. 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.

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