|1.||(intr) to expel air or solid matter from the lungs abruptly and explosively through the partially closed vocal chords|
|2.||(intr) to make a sound similar to this|
|3.||(tr) to utter or express with a cough or coughs|
|4.||slang (intr) to confess to a crime|
|5.||an act, instance, or sound of coughing|
|6.||a condition of the lungs or throat that causes frequent coughing|
|[Old English cohhetten; related to Middle Dutch kochen, Middle High German kūchen to wheeze; probably of imitative origin]|
|1.||informal to surrender (money, information, etc), esp reluctantly|
|2.||(tr) to bring into the mouth or eject (phlegm, food, etc) by coughing|
v. coughed, cough·ing, coughs
To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material. n.
The act of coughing.
An illness marked by frequent coughing.
|cough (kôf, kŏf) Pronunciation Key
The act of expelling air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
Hand over or relinquish, especially money; pay up. For example, It's time the delinquent members coughed up their dues. [Slang; late 1800s]
Confess or divulge, as in Pretty soon she'd cough up the whole story about last night. This idiom transfers the act of vomiting to telling the entire truth. [Slang; late 1800s]