cough Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
verb exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
- The smoker coughs all day
Cough intransitive verb
To expel air, or obstructing or irritating matter, from the lungs or air passages, in a noisy and violent manner.
Cough transitive verb
To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up; as, to. coughup phlegm
To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he. coughedhimself hoarse
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.
The more or less frequent repetition of coughing, constituting a symptom of disease.