- (RP) IPA: /kɒf/
- (Conservative RP) IPA: /kɔːf/
- (America) enPR: kôf, IPA: /kɔf/
- (cot-caught, Canada) enPR: kŏf, IPA: /kɑf/
cough (coughs, present participle coughing; past and past participle coughed)
- (intransitive) To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
- I breathed in a lungful of smoke by mistake, and started to cough.
- (transitive, sometimes followed by "up") To force something out of the throat or lungs by coughing.
- Sometimes she coughed (up) blood.
- (intransitive) To make a noise like a cough.
- The engine coughed and sputtered.
cough (plural coughs)
- A sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.
- Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry cough.
- A condition that causes one to cough; a tendency to cough.
- Sorry, I can't come to work today – I've got a nasty cough.
- Used to focus attention on a following utterance, often a euphemism or an attribution of blame
- He was – cough – indisposed.
- (condition) tussis
- French: toux
- German: Husten
- Italian: tosse, colpo di tosse
- Portuguese: tosse
- Russian: ка́шель
- Spanish: tos