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sough

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sough make a murmuring sound "the water was purling"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sough A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying.
    • n Sough A small drain; an adit.
    • n Sough A sow.
    • Sough Hence, a vague rumor or flying report.
    • Sough The sound produced by soughing; a hollow murmur or roaring. "The whispering leaves or solemn sough of the forest."
    • v. i Sough To whistle or sigh, as the wind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sough A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
    • n sough A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
    • n sough Any rumor that engages general attention.
    • n sough A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
    • sough To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
    • sough To breathe in or as in sleep.
    • sough To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
    • n sough A channel.
    • n sough A drain; a sewer; an adit of a mine.
    • n sough An obsolete form of sow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sough sow as Scot., sōōh, to sigh, as the wind
    • v.t Sough to whine out cantingly
    • n Sough a sighing of the wind: a vague rumour: a whining tone of voice
    • n Sough suf a drain, sewer, mine-adit
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. sgr,in comp.) a rushing sound, or OE. swough, swogh, a sound, AS. swgan, to rustle. Cf. Surf Swoon (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. W. soch, a drain.

Usage

In literature:

The sough of the wind and the fleeing cloud of night was all they saw or heard.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
No sound was audible save the soughing of night wind in the trees, the shrilling of insects.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
The Queen had been in a manner lanerly with her ladies when the sough of the coming multitude reached her.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
A stormy wind soughed in the upper atmospheric regions.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The wind soughed in the yew-trees.
"The Weans at Rowallan" by Kathleen Fitzpatrick
The wind came soughing up the canyon with the sound of the sea.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
The water was ruffled, the incoming waves white-crested, and the wind was soughing a little around the boat-house behind them.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
I listened to every sough of the wind, with a fear lest the clanking halberts of the watch should be in it.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
Almost instinctively his eyes sough those of Davy Jones, and a look of intelligence passed between them.
"The Boy Scouts in the Rockies" by Herbert Carter
The wind was rising fast, and coming in heavy soughs from off the sea.
"Thereby Hangs a Tale" by George Manville Fenn
Some of them were a year old, but she read them all carefully through, while the clock ticked on the shelf and the wind soughed in the chimney.
"The Sword of Damocles" by Anna Katharine Green
A great sigh of relief soughed its way himward.
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
The moon was rising and her soft light was shed upon the soughing trees, and the stretch of white roadway before them.
"With Edge Tools" by Hobart Chatfield-Taylor
Now, with the rain weeping in soughing gusts through them, they offered her no comfort.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
The sun was lost among their dark branches, and the breeze which passed through them soughed mournfully.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
The crisp wind of earliest dawn made a dry sough among the evergreens of the shrubbery.
"Deep Moat Grange" by S. R. Crockett
The calmer sough we keep the better.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
Outside, the wind soughed among the branches of the seven spruces, whipping them savagely.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
Things generally, according to their nature, severally creaked, soughed and moaned.
"A Little Book of Christmas" by John Kendrick Bangs
She sat still listening, but there was no sound except the soughing of the wind among the naked apple trees.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens
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In poetry:

Fearfu' soughs the boortree bank,
The rifted wood roars wild and dreary
Loud the iron yett does clank,
The cry of hoolits mak's me eerie.
"Are Ye Sleepin' Maggie?" by Robert Tannahill
The fowk wha live at the hoose doon bye,
Where the lang road tak's a turn,
Can hear, when they wauken up at nicht,
The sough o' the Bogle Burn.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
I thocht the Nith took a deeper sough
At that waefu', wailin' soun',
While the reid, reid streamers within the north
They glimmer'd up an' doon.
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
"And Trouth—the sough o' a sickly win';
And Richt—what needna be;
And Beauty—nae deeper nor the skin;
And Blude—that's naething but bree.
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
An' aye a soun' gaed through the air,
But it wasna the soun' o' a bell,
Nor the sough o' the Nith, but what it could be
Nae mortal man could tell.
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
And a' gaed weel till their bairn was born,
And syne she cudna sleep;
She wud rise at midnicht, and wan'er till morn,
Hark-harkin the sough o' the deep.
"The Mermaid" by George MacDonald