- 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.
- a sighing, rustling, or murmuring sound.
- Scot. and North England.
- a sigh or deep breath.
- a whining, singsong manner of speaking.
- a rumor; unconfirmed report.
Origin of sough1
- drain; drainage ditch, gutter, or sewer.
- a swampy or marshy area.
- to drain (land or a mine) by building drainage ditches or the like.
Origin of sough2
Related Wordssigh, burble, ripple, utter, verbalize, mumble, gurgle, purr, growl, vocalize, tinkle, whisper, moan, babble, hum, stutter, mutter, rumble, trickle, stammer
Examples from the Web for sough
The old man doubtless wanted a sough of peace in his own home.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Naught was heard save the droning of the students and the sough of the wind in the forest.Dreamers of the Ghetto
The sough of the calm sea could not reach so far; the flies were few; no bird sang.Beyond
If there's a' sough o' cholera,Or typhus,—wha sae gleg as she?The Book of Humorous Verse
He could hear the sough of the sea on the beach, far down below him.Washed Ashore
- (intr) (esp of the wind) to make a characteristic sighing sound
- a soft continuous murmuring sound
- Northern English dialect a sewer or drain or an outlet channel
Word Origin and History for sough
"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.