part of speech: verb

inflections: coughs, coughing, coughed

definition 1: to release air noisily from the lungs. A cough results from illness or from breathing in foreign matter.

  • Smoke from the flaming toaster made her cough.

definition 2: to bring up or eject by means of coughing.

  • The cat coughed up a piece of yarn.


part of speech: noun

definition 1: an instance of coughing.

  • Brian could tell by his cough that he was getting sick.

definition 2: an illness that causes a person to cough.

  • My goodness, you’ve got a terrible cough.

derivation: cougher (n.)

Word Builder: cough +

cough drop: a candy with medicine to help stop a cough.
cough syrup: a liquid medicine to help stop a cough.