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definition of the word cough

by the Wiktionnary

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).

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Infinitive
to cough

Third person singular
coughs

Simple past
coughed

Past participle
coughed

Present participle
coughing

to cough (third-person singular simple present coughs, present participle coughing, simple past and past participle coughed)

  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.

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