cough (third-person singular simple present coughs, present participle coughing, simple past and past participle coughed)
- (intransitive) To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in 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, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XI:
- 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.
- (transitive, sometimes followed by "up") To force something out of the throat or lungs by coughing.
- Sometimes she coughed (up) blood.
- (intransitive) To make a noise like a cough.
- The engine coughed and sputtered.
push air from the lungs
- Kyrgyz: жөтөлүү (cötölüü)
- Lao: ໄອ ('ai)
- Latgalian: kuosēt
- Latin: tussiō
- Latvian: klepot, kāsēt
- Lithuanian: kosėti
- Luxembourgish: houschten
- Macedonian: ка́шла impf (kášla)
- Malay: batuk
- Mongolian: ханиах (mn) (haniah)
- Nahuatl: tlatlaci
- Norman: toûtre (Jersey)
- Bokmål: hoste
- Occitan: tossir (oc)
- Persian: سرفیدن (fa) (sorfidan), سرفه کردن (fa) (sorfe kardan)
- Polish: kaszleć (pl)
- Portuguese: tossir (pt)
- Quechua: uhuy
- 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
- Cyrillic: кашљати impf
- Roman: kašljati (sh) impf
- Slovak: kašľať impf, kašlať impf
- Slovene: kašljati (sl) impf
- Spanish: toser (es)
- Swahili: kohoa
- Swedish: hosta (sv)
- Tajik: сулфидан (tg) (sulfidan)
- Telugu: దగ్గు (te) (daggu)
- Thai: ไอ (th) (ai)
- Turkish: öksürmek (tr)
- Turkmen: üsgürmek
- Ukrainian: 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 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.
expulsion of air from the lungs
condition that causes one to cough