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noun 
  1. (symptom) A sudden, usually noisy expulsion of air from the lungs, often involuntary.
Behind me, I heard a distinct, dry .
  1. A condition that causes one to cough; a tendency to cough.
Sorry, I can't come to work today " I've got a nasty .
Translations: 
  • Dutch: hoest
  • French: toux
  • Italian: tosse
  • Spanish: tos
    (trans-bottom) (checktrans)
    (trans-top, Translations to be categorised)
verb 
  1. To push air from the lungs in a quick, noisy explosion.
I breathed in a load of smoke by mistake, and started to .
  1. To make a noise like a cough
The engine coughed and sputtered.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: hoesten, kuchen
  • French: tousser
  • German: husten
  • Italian: tossire
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: toser
    (trans-bottom)
Etymology: From a Germanic imitative base
  • kox- (unattested in Old English, but probably present as
  • cohhian; compare cohhetan "shout"). Cognate with Dutch kuchen "cough", German keuchen "pant".



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