cough Definition

to force air out of your lungs through your throat with a short, loud sound.

Using cough: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cough" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She coughed nervously before beginning her speech.

  • Example

    He has been coughing all day.

  • Example

    I can't stop coughing.

  • Example

    The smoke made me cough.

cough Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for cough

  • hack
  • clear throat
  • throat-clearing
  • bark

Phrases with cough

  • cough up

    to bring up phlegm or mucus from the throat or lungs by coughing


    He coughed up a lot of phlegm.

  • cough and cold

    a common illness characterized by coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose


    I caught a cough and cold from my coworker.

  • a medicine used to treat coughs


    I need to buy some cough medicine for my son.


Summary: cough in Brief

The verb 'cough' [kɒf] refers to the act of forcing air out of the lungs through the throat with a short, loud sound. It is often associated with illness or irritation, as in 'He has been coughing all day.' 'Cough' can be used in phrases like 'cough up,' meaning to bring up phlegm or mucus, and 'cough medicine,' referring to medication for treating coughs.

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