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British Dictionary definitions for hoast

hoast

noun
  1. a cough
verb (intr)
  1. to cough

Word Origin

from Old Norse
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Examples from the Web for hoast

Historical Examples

  • Try some o' thae black currants; they're graund for a hoast.

    The Days of Auld Lang Syne

    Ian MacLaren

  • It 's little she says aboot hersel, but she 's hed a hoast (cough) for sax months, an' a' gither her breath 's failin'.

  • Theres something in that wind and in the hoast beyont that sounds, and looks, and tastes, and smells like death.

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

  • "Donacha Breck's widow was over before we were up to-day, for something for her hoast," she said.

  • The third part of the hoast went to Meulanc, a verie strong towne compassed about with the riuer of Seine.