cough

  • 1 Cough — A young boy coughing due to pertussis (Whooping Cough). ICD 10 R05 ICD …

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  • 2 Cough — Cough, n. [Cg. D. kuch. See {Cough}, v. i. ] 1. A sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. The more or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Cough — Cough, v. t. 1. To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm. [1913 Webster] 2. To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse. [1913 Webster] {To cough down}, to silence or …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Cough — (k?f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Coughed} (k?ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coughing}.] [Cf. D. kuchen, MHG. k?chen to breathe, G. keuchen to pant, and E. chincough, the first part of which is prob. akin to cough; cf. also E. choke.] To expel air, or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 cough — [kɒf ǁ kɒːf] verb cough something → up phrasal verb [intransitive, transitive] informal to pay money unwillingly: • Grumman finally coughed up $40 million in settlement of the legal claims against it. • We ll get a new TV as soon as the insurance …

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  • 6 cough up — (something) 1. to allow an opponent to take the lead in a competition. Sele got a 3 0 lead in the second inning but then coughed it up in the third. 2. to pay money unwillingly. I had to cough up $35 for administration fees. Martinez s lawyers… …

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  • 7 cough — [kôf] vi. [ME coughen, akin to MDu cuchen, to cough, Ger keuchen, to gasp] 1. to expel air suddenly and noisily from the lungs through the glottis, either as the result of an involuntary muscular spasm in the throat or to clear the air passages 2 …

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  • 8 cough — [n] expelled air with sound ahem, bark, cold, croup, frog in throat*, hack, hem, tickle in throat*, whoop; concepts 65,316 cough [v] expelling air with sound bark, choke, clear throat, convulse, expectorate, hack, hawk, hem, spit up, vomit,… …

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  • 9 cough — ► VERB 1) expel air from the lungs with a sudden sharp sound. 2) (of an engine) make a sudden harsh noise. 3) (cough up) informal give (something, especially money) reluctantly. 4) Brit. informal reveal information; confess. ► NOUN 1) a …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 cough — (v.) early 14c., coughen, probably in O.E., but not recorded, from P.Gmc. *kokh (with the rough kh of German or of Scottish loch; Cf. M.Du. kochen, M.H.G. kuchen). Onomatopoeic. Related: Coughed; coughing. As a noun from c.1300 …

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  • 11 cough — cough1 [ kaf ] verb * 1. ) intransitive to force air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold or when you want to get someone s attention: My chest felt painful, and I was coughing uncontrollably. a ) cough or… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 cough — [[t]kɒ̱f, AM kɔ͟ːf[/t]] ♦♦♦ coughs, coughing, coughed 1) VERB When you cough, you force air out of your throat with a sudden, harsh noise. You often cough when you are ill, or when you are nervous or want to attract someone s attention. Graham… …

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  • 13 cough — cough1 [kɔf US ko:f] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: From an unrecorded [i]Old English cohhian] 1.) to suddenly push air out of your throat with a short sound, often repeatedly ▪ Matthew coughed and cleared his throat. ▪ I think I m getting a cold or …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 cough */ — I UK [kɒf] / US [kɑf] verb Word forms cough : present tense I/you/we/they cough he/she/it coughs present participle coughing past tense coughed past participle coughed 1) a) [intransitive] to force air up through your throat with a sudden noise,… …

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  • 15 cough up — verb 1. give reluctantly He coughed up some money for his children s tuition • Syn: ↑pony up, ↑spit up • Hypernyms: ↑give • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …

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  • 16 cough — cougher, n. /kawf, kof/, v.i. 1. to expel air from the lungs suddenly with a harsh noise, often involuntarily. 2. (of an internal combustion engine) to make a similar noise as a result of the failure of one or more cylinders to fire in sequence.… …

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  • 17 cough — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ little, polite (esp. BrE), slight ▪ The butler gave a little cough to announce his presence. ▪ violent ▪ bad …

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  • 18 cough — v. & n. v.intr. 1 expel air from the lungs with a sudden sharp sound produced by abrupt opening of the glottis, to remove an obstruction or congestion. 2 (of an engine, gun, etc.) make a similar sound. 3 sl. confess. n. 1 an act of coughing. 2 a… …

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  • 19 cough — I n. 1) to develop a cough 2) to suppress a cough 3) a bad, heavy; croupy; dry; hacking, persistent; smoker s cough II v. to cough loudly * * * [kɒf] croupy dry hacking heavy persistent …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 cough — /kɒf / (say kof) verb (i) 1. to expel the air from the lungs suddenly and with a characteristic noise. 2. Colloquial to confess. –verb (t) 3. to expel by coughing: to cough blood. –noun 4. the act or sound of coughing. 5. an illness characterised …

    Australian English dictionary


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