Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. The sound of a grunt or groan or cough

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Take these five words that all end in "ough." bough rhymes with cow cough rhymes with off rough rhymes with puff though rhymes with slow through rhymes with boo

    English, and how she is spoken

  • When my students would comment (as they always did) about the difficulties of French pronunciation I would then write all the "ough" English words on the board - cough, through, though, bough, enough, etc.

    l'accent tonique - French Word-A-Day

  • When my students would comment as they always did about the difficulties of French pronunciation I would then write all the "ough" English words on the board - cough, through, though, bough, enough, etc.

    l'accent tonique - French Word-A-Day

  • Of course, we have to agree on a way to pronounce "ough"...

    Kaplin's Simplifiid Speling, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Whereas in English, the same combination can give you a variety of renderings 'ough'= 'uf','o', 'oo', 'af', etc.

    languagehat.com: UN SIT FASIL A LIR.

  • We strove to extort from him the cause of this ebullition of passion, but he only shook his head in reply to our questions, and uttered a guttural "ough," We at first suspected him of some treacherous plot; but there was such an air of candor and earnestness in the communication he now made, that we threw aside all suspicion and confided in him.

    Stories and Sketches

  • How does that gell with the infamous "ough" words.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • The letter combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways, which can be heard in this sentence: A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.

    undefined

  • "ough" have often been referred to, and are clearly set forth in the verses in which Mr. C.B. Loomis has sought to represent a French learner's experiences -- and the same time to show the criminal impulses which these irregularities arouse in the pupil.

    The Task of Social Hygiene

  • About 75 demonstrators crowded onto a snowy sidewalk in New York City's bor ough of Queens, some wearing Egyptian flags on their backs, hoisted signs and chanted messages in both Arabic and in English.

    '30 Years of Pain': U.S. Arabs React

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.