- 1 [intransitive] to force out air suddenly and noisily through your throat, for example when you have a cold I couldn't stop coughing. to cough nervously/politely/discreetly
- 2[transitive] cough something (up) to force something out of your throat or lungs by coughing Sometimes she coughed (up) blood.
- 3[intransitive] (of an engine) to make a sudden unpleasant noise The old engine coughed and spluttered into life. Phrasal Verbscough up
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NAmE//kɔf//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cough
he / she / it coughs
past simple coughed
-ing form coughing