Meaning of “cough” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I ] us uk /kɒf/

B1 to make air come out of your throat with a short sound:

Paul has been coughing and sneezing all day.

More examples

  • a coughing fit
  • I could hear you coughing in bed last night.
  • I couldn't stop coughing.
  • It really hurts when I cough.
  • He coughed all the way through the talk.

(Definition of “cough verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)