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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wough (wall).


wough (plural woughs)

  1. (obsolete) A wall.

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Alternative form of woof
    • 1922, Gordon Casserly, The Jungle Girl[1]:
      As it scrambled swiftly over the edge it caught sight of the elephant and with a deep "wough!" charged straight at it.
    • 1884, Theodore Roosevelt, Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches[2]:
      The trapper shouted and waved his cap; whereupon, to his amazement, the bear uttered a loud "wough" and charged straight down on him--only to fall a victim to misplaced boldness.
    • 1863, Various, The Children's Garland from the Best Poets[3]:
      Bough wough, The watch dogs bark, Bough wough, Hark, hark!