to expel air noisily from the lungs, usually to expel fluids that resonate during breathing

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throat-disease with a sharp, barking cough. imitative origin

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spasm of the respiratory organs accompanied by a resonant gasping noise. Also: hiccough

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Sound of a cat coughing up a hairball. More cat sounds

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(pronounced cashel)sound of a rattly, phlegmy cough

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coughing sound, used by a recurring character named Lorraine from the TV show Mad TV. She makes this sound when clearing her throat, also perhaps in disgust and/or satisfaction as well as in times of awkward silence to ease the tension. It is normally accompanied with a saying such as "god that's cute" while she unknowingly destroys the property of others when checking things out. Laymen can make this sound as well in their everyday life to add comedic relief to a conversation making references to Lorraine, as well as to describe something disgusting. Video: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3.



1. sound of coughing, 2. used to indicate the sound of a cough or grunt or to express disgust or horror

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whooping cough

an infection of the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis (or B. pertussis). It's characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a "whooping" sound when the person breathes in

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