coughing

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Verb[edit]

coughing

  1. Present participle of cough.

Noun[edit]

coughing (plural coughings)

  1. A cough; the act of coughing.
    • 1855, Anna Mary Howitt, A school of life (page 63)
      The good signor's little address was received in a variety of ways: there were titterings and coughings, and there were also a few instances of noble and generous response to poor Leonard's action []
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.

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