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Definition of "cough" [cough]

  • To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material. (verb-intransitive)
  • To make a noise similar to noisy expulsion of air from the lungs: The engine coughed and died. (verb-intransitive)
  • To expel by coughing: coughed up phlegm. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of coughing. (noun)
  • An illness marked by frequent coughing. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cough" in a sentence
  • "I knew it when I was 13, i'm * cough, cough* in my 30's now."
  • "Republican entitlement, yea cause rich democrats dont feel entitlement ... * cough cough* kennedys * ahem"
  • "Funny, I was just thinking about him and how we gave ol Eric a hard time about his lack of posting about Sen.Obama. ** cough, cough** His bias for HRC."