sough

1
[ sou, suhf ]
/ saʊ, sʌf /

verb (used without object)

to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound: the wind soughing in the meadow.
Scot. and North England. to speak, especially to preach, in a whining, singsong voice.

noun

a sighing, rustling, or murmuring sound.
Scot. and North England.
  1. a sigh or deep breath.
  2. a whining, singsong manner of speaking.
  3. a rumor; unconfirmed report.

Nearby words

  1. soufflot,
  2. soufflot, jacques germain,
  3. soufflé,
  4. souffre-douleur,
  5. soufrière,
  6. sought,
  7. sought after,
  8. sought-after,
  9. souk,
  10. soukous

Origin of sough

1
before 900; (v.) Middle English swoghen, Old English swōgan to make a noise; cognate with Old Saxon swōgan, Old English swēgan, Gothic -swōgjan; (noun) Middle English swow, swo(u)gh, derivative of the v.

Related formssough·ful·ly, adverbsough·less, adjective

sough

2
[ suhf, sou ]
/ sʌf, saʊ /
British

noun

drain; drainage ditch, gutter, or sewer.
a swampy or marshy area.

verb (used with object)

to drain (land or a mine) by building drainage ditches or the like.
Also especially Scot., sugh.

Origin of sough

2
1250–1300; Middle English sogh, sohn < ?; compare Dutch (dial.) zoeg little ditch

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British Dictionary definitions for sough

sough

1
/ (saʊ) /

verb

(intr) (esp of the wind) to make a characteristic sighing sound

noun

a soft continuous murmuring sound

Word Origin for sough

Old English swōgan to resound; related to Gothic gaswogjan to groan, Lithuanian svageti to sound, Latin vāgīre to lament

noun

Northern English dialect a sewer or drain or an outlet channel

Word Origin for sough

of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for sough

sough

v.

"to make a moaning or murmuring sound," Old English swogan "to sound, roar, howl, rustle, whistle," from Proto-Germanic *swoganan (cf. Old Saxon swogan "to rustle," Gothic gaswogjan "to sigh"), from PIE imitative root *(s)wagh- (cf. Greek echo, Latin vagire "to cry, roar, sound"). The noun is late 14c., from the verb.

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