sough
intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English swoughen, from Old English swōgan; akin to Gothic gaswogjan to groan, Lithuanian svagėti to sound Date: before 12th century to make a moaning or sighing sound • sough noun

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  • Sough — (?; 277), n. [Cf. Icel. s?gr (in comp.) a rushing sound, or OE. swough, swogh, a sound, AS. sw?gan to rustle. Cf. {Surf}, {Swoon}, v. i.] 1. The sound produced by soughing; a hollow murmur or roaring. [1913 Webster] The whispering leaves or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sough — Sough, n. A sow. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sough — Sough, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] A small drain; an adit. [Prov. Eng.] W. M. Buchanan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sough — Sough, v. i. To whistle or sigh, as the wind. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sough — [sou, suf] n. [19th c. < Northern dial. < ME swough < OE swogan, to sound < ? IE base * (s)waĝh : see ECHO] a soft, low, murmuring, sighing, or rustling sound vi. [ME swowen, soghen < OE swogan, to sound] to make a sough …   English World dictionary

  • sough — (v.) to make a moaning or murmuring sound, O.E. swogan, from P.Gmc. *swoganan (Cf. O.S. swogan to rustle, Goth. gaswogjan to sigh ), from PIE imitative root * (s)wagh (Cf. Gk. echo). The noun is late 14c., from the verb …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sough — A Sough is an underground channel for draining water out of a mine. Its ability to drain a mine depends on the bottom of the mine being higher than a neighbouring valley. If the mine sump is lower, water must be pumped up to the sough. Derbyshire …   Wikipedia

  • sough — UK [saʊ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms sough : present tense I/you/we/they sough he/she/it soughs present participle soughing past tense soughed past participle soughed literary if the wind soughs, it makes a soft noise like a sigh …   English dictionary

  • sough — verb (I) literary if the wind soughs, it makes a soft sound when passing through trees sough noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sough — sough1 soughfully, adv. soughless, adj. /sow, suf/, v.i. 1. to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound: the wind soughing in the meadow. 2. Scot. and North Eng. to speak, esp. to preach, in a whining, singsong voice. n. 3. a sighing,… …   Universalium

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