from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make a soft murmuring or rustling sound.
- n. A soft murmuring or rustling sound, as of the wind or a gentle surf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make a soft rustling or murmuring sound.
- n. A rushing, rustling sound.
- n. A sigh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sow.
- n. A small drain; an adit.
- n. The sound produced by soughing; a hollow murmur or roaring.
- n. Hence, a vague rumor or flying report.
- n. A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying.
- intransitive v. To whistle or sigh, as the wind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
- n. A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
- n. Any rumor that engages general attention.
- n. A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
- To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
- To breathe in or as in sleep.
- To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
- n. A channel.
- n. A drain; a sewer; an adit of a mine.
- n. An obsolete form of sow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a murmuring sound
Middle English swowen, soughen, from Old English swōgan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English swōgan, from Proto-Germanic *swōganan. (Wiktionary)