Definition of cough noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɒf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔːf//
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  1. 1  an act or a sound of coughing She gave a little cough to attract my attention.
  2. 2   an illness or infection that makes you cough often to have a dry/persistent/hacking cough My cold's better, but I can't seem to shake off this cough. see also whooping cough
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: of imitative origin; related to Dutch kuchen ‘to cough’ and German keuchen ‘to pant’.Extra examples He had a smoker’s cough and nicotine-yellowed fingers. She struggled to stifle a cough. The butler gave a little cough to announce his presence.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cough