sough

1 [sou, suhf]
verb (used without object)
1.
to make a rushing, rustling, or murmuring sound: the wind soughing in the meadow.
2.
Scot. and North England. to speak, especially to preach, in a whining, singsong voice.
noun
3.
a sighing, rustling, or murmuring sound.
4.
Scot. and North England.
a.
a sigh or deep breath.
b.
a whining, singsong manner of speaking.
c.
a rumor; unconfirmed report.

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English swoghen, Old English swōgan to make a noise; cognate with Old Saxon swōgan, Old English swēgan, Gothic -swōgjan; (noun) Middle English swow, swo(u)gh, derivative of the v.

soughfully, adverb
soughless, adjective
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sough

2 [suhf, sou] British.
noun
1.
drain; drainage ditch, gutter, or sewer.
2.
a swampy or marshy area.
verb (used with object)
3.
to drain (land or a mine) by building drainage ditches or the like.
Also, especially Scot., sugh.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English sogh, sohn < ?; compare Dutch (dial.) zoeg little ditch

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sough1 (saʊ)
 
vb
1.  (intr) (esp of the wind) to make a characteristic sighing sound
 
n
2.  a soft continuous murmuring sound
 
[Old English swōgan to resound; related to Gothic gaswogjan to groan, Lithuanian svageti to sound, Latin vāgīre to lament]

sough2 (sʌf)
 
n
dialect (Northern English) a sewer or drain or an outlet channel
 
[of obscure origin]

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sough
"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 base *(s)wagh- (cf. Gk. echo). The noun is c.1381, from the verb.
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Respondents will not be notified of the results of this source sough notice.
There are generally two seasons in the sough of harvest and production of frozen turnip greens with turnips.
The plaintiffs' burden is the same irrespective of whether the relief sough is mandatory or prohibitive.
It is quite likely that even there they are caught incidentally to the other, more important fish that are sough.
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