(noun, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): coughing

Definition categories: state, symptom

Sentences with cough as a noun:

- Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough.

- Sorry, I can't come to work today – I've got a nasty cough.

- He was – cough – indisposed.


1. exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion

- The smoker coughs all day

Definition categories: body, expectorate

Sentences with cough as a verb:

- I breathed in a lungful of smoke by mistake, and started to cough.

- The engine coughed and sputtered.