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Meaning of 咳

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Total strokes: 9; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (mouth) conveys the meaning.
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    • [ kǒu ] mouth; entrance, gate, opening
    • [ hài ] 12th terrestrial branch; used in transliterations
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  • Pinyin:
    English Definition: cough
    Chinese Definition:
    ①(咳嗽)呼吸器官受刺激而引起一种反射作用。把吸入的气急急呼出,同时发声,能清除呼吸道中的异物或痰,亦是某些病的症状。
    Example Words:
    咳嗽 sou to cough; Classifiers:
    百日咳 bǎi whooping cough; pertussis
    咳痰 tán to cough up phlegm; to expectorate
    止咳 zhǐ to suppress coughing
    咳呛 qiàng (dialect) to cough
    More: 咳* | *咳 | *咳*
  • Pinyin: hāi
    English Definition: sound of sighing; (interjection expressing surprise, sorrow, regret, disappointment etc) oh; damn; wow
    Chinese Definition:
    ①叹息:咳声叹气。[词性][叹]
    ②表示惋惜或后悔:又表示招呼人,提醒人注意:咳!我昨天没去医院。

    Example Words:
    咳声叹气 hāi shēng tàn to sigh and moan (idiom)
    More: 咳* | *咳 | *咳*
Example Sentences
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She coughed the whole night.
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Try whooping cough instead - no one will want to talk to you.
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When I told her sweets would make my cough worse, she offered me a lighter.
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It' s a fun, easy, and *cough* FREE way to get people involved at your library.
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For example, have you ever had a cough that would not go away?