Definition of sough in English:

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Pronunciation: /saʊ/
Pronunciation: /sʌf/


[no object]
(Of the wind in trees, the sea, etc.) make a moaning, whistling, or rushing sound: (as noun soughing) the soughing of the wind in the canopy of branches
More example sentences
  • We pushed off from the shore and glided into the heart of the river - around us just the sound of the wind soughing in the reeds and the lapping of water against the hull.
  • The dog scratched and padded around the place and pushed his dish across the kitchen floor tiles, but otherwise it was so quiet you could hear the wind soughing in the firs.
  • The wind soughed in the grass and there was the hiss of the tumbling river.


[in singular]
A moaning, whistling, or rushing sound as made by the wind in the trees or the sea.
Example sentences
  • A sough escapes her lips as her body lands on the ground.
  • Then with giddy clarity I noted four sharp breaths and three disappointed soughs, one of which became a boreal ‘Oh Richard’.


Old English swōgan, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with sough

allow, avow, Bilbao, Bissau, bough, bow, bow-wow, brow, cacao, chow, ciao, cow, dhow, Dow, endow, Foochow, Frau, Hangzhou, Hough, how, Howe, kowtow, Lao, Liao, Macao, Macau, miaow, Mindanao, mow, now, ow, Palau, plough (US plow), pow, prow, row, scow, Slough, sow, Tao, thou, vow, wow, Yangshao

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