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sough

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[ sou, suhf ]
/ saʊ, sʌf /
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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.
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Origin of sough

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First recorded before 900; Middle English verb swoughen “to throw,” Old English swōgan “to move with sound, make a noise”; cognate with Old Saxon swōgan, Old English swēgan “to move noisily,” Gothic -swōgjan; the noun is derivative of the verb

OTHER WORDS FROM sough

sough·ful·ly, adverbsoughless, adjective

Other definitions for sough (2 of 2)

sough2
[ 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 [sookh, soof, soo] /sux, suf, su/ .

Origin of sough

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First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English sough, sou(e); further origin obscure; compare Dutch dialect zoeg “little ditch”
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British Dictionary definitions for sough (1 of 2)

sough1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for sough (2 of 2)

sough2
/ (sʌf) /

noun
Northern English dialect a sewer or drain or an outlet channel

Word Origin for sough

of obscure origin
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