coughing


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Related to coughing: bronchitis, dry cough

cough

 (kôf, kŏf)
v. coughed, cough·ing, coughs
v.intr.
1. To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
2. To make a noise similar to noisy expulsion of air from the lungs: The engine coughed and died.
v.tr.
To expel by coughing: coughed up phlegm.
n.
1. The act of coughing.
2. An illness marked by frequent coughing.
Phrasal Verb:
cough up Slang
1. To hand over or relinquish (money or another possession), often reluctantly.
2. To confess or disclose: When he saw that the police might arrest him, he coughed up the details of what he had seen.
3. Sports
a. To lose possession of (the ball or puck), especially because of defensive pressure from the opposing team.
b. To fail to maintain (a lead in a game).

[Middle English coughen, ultimately of imitative origin.]

coughing

(ˈkɒfɪŋ)
n
(Pathology) the action of expelling air or solid matter from the lungs abruptly and explosively through the partially closed vocal cords: He was then overcome by a fit of coughing..
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coughing - a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passagescoughing - 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
respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness - a disease affecting the respiratory system
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
Translations

coughing

[ˈkɒfɪŋ] Ntoser m, toses fpl
fit of coughingacceso m de tos
you couldn't hear the symphony for coughingel público tosía tanto que apenas se oía la sinfonía

coughing

[ˈkɒfɪŋ] ntoux f
a fit of coughing → une quinte de touxcough medicine nsirop m pour la toux, sirop m contre la touxcough mixture nsirop m pour la toux, sirop m contre la touxcough sweet npastille f pour la toux, pastille f contre la touxcough syrup nsirop m pour la toux, sirop m contre la toux
References in classic literature ?
Sparsit shook her head, still in her highly superior manner, and a little changed the small cough - coughing now, as if the spirit of prophecy rose within her, but had better be coughed down.
Maybe for ten minutes they cough, maybe for half an hour, and then they straighten up, the tears from the coughing frozen on their faces, and the words they say are, 'Come, let us go on.
Katerina Ivanovna had just begun, as she always did at every free moment, walking to and fro in her little room from window to stove and back again, with her arms folded across her chest, talking to herself and coughing.
The door on to the stairs was open to relieve them a little from the clouds of tobacco smoke which floated in from the other rooms and brought on long terrible fits of coughing in the poor, consumptive woman.
There she sat, intent upon her game, coughing now and then in a subdued manner as if she feared to disturb him--shuffling the cards, cutting, dealing, playing, counting, pegging--going through all the mysteries of cribbage as if she had been in full practice from her cradle
Anderssen tried to reply, but a sudden fit of coughing choked him.
Presently the coughing and haemorrhage ceased, and again the wounded man tried to speak.
The Grand Gallipoot was coughing too, and his throat was parched and dry.
Then he caught sight of a long, bony, familiar figure, and now it seemed there was no possibility of mistake; and yet he still went on hoping that this tall man taking off his fur cloak and coughing was not his brother Nikolay.
By this token, though you mayn't believe it, That a young gentleman gave me three-and-sixpence as I was coughing my breath away on this very grass.
I heard Ginger coughing and one of the other horses seemed very restless; it was quite dark, and I could see nothing, but the stable seemed full of smoke, and I hardly knew how to breathe.
The girl had been coughing lately and losing weight.