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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English swōgan, from Proto-Germanic *swōganą from Proto-Indo-European *sweh₂gʰ-, same source as Latin vāgiō.



sough (third-person singular simple present soughs, present participle soughing, simple past and past participle soughed)

  1. To make a soft rustling or murmuring sound.
    • 1963, Sterling North, Rascal, Avon Books (softcover), p 101:
      I lay awake for a while that evening, listening to the soughing of the wind high in the pines, realizing sadly that we must now return to civilization.


sough (plural soughs)

  1. A rushing, rustling sound.
    • W. Howitt
      The whispering leaves or solemn sough of the forest.
  2. A sigh.
  3. (Scotland, obsolete) A vague rumour.
  4. (Scotland, obsolete) A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying.

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English (whence also Scots sheuch (ditch)); compare dialectal Dutch zoeg (ditch).


sough (plural soughs)

  1. A small drain; an adit.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of W. M. Buchanan to this entry?)