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OUGH words: Learn 7 English sounds with these word lists

OUGH is a 4-letter sequence that has several different sounds in words. Having word lists with OUGH makes learning these words easier.

It is important to know that OUGH is only called a 4-letter grapheme when it represents one sound as in ‘dough’ which sounds like ‘oh’. In some words, it contains 2 sounds as in ‘tough’ which sounds like ‘uh’ and ‘f’. Also, it sounds like a diphthong in other words as in ‘plough’ which sounds like ‘ow’.

The 7 word lists below contain words with OUGH in them. Each word has an example for learning the meaning of the word. They can be used to improve spelling on learn English.

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7 OUGH word lists and examples

1. OUGH as OH sound

Although – I gave away my food although I was hungry.

Though – She took my food though she ate already.

Dough – Mom kneads dough with flour, water, yeast and salt.

Borough – Our town is a borough that has many celebrations.

Doughnut – I love the doughnut with custard in the hole of the pastry.

Thorough – Dad gave his car a thorough cleanout.

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2. OUGH as OR sound

Thought – When I think of something now, it becomes a thought.

Bought – When I buy something now, it becomes a thing I bought.

Brought – When I bring something now, it becomes a thing I brought.

Fought – When we have a fight now, later we say we fought.

Sought – When I seek something now, later I say it was sought.

Wrought – When the storm wreaks havoc now, later we say it wrought. Also, we can shape steel with artistry and call it wrought-iron.

Ought – When the word is not past tense, then we ought to stop rhyming now.

3. OUGH as UF sound

Tough – Beef is a very tough meat.

Rough – A toad’s back is rough.

Enough – I think I had enough of this rhyming thing.

4. OUGH as OFF sound

Cough – That is one hacky cough on your chest.

5. OUGH as OO sound

Through – She threw her food through the window.

Throughout – I learn lessons throughout the day.

6. OUGH as OW sound

Plough – The farmer likes to plough up the land before sunrise.

Bough – A tree branch and the front of a boat are both called the bough.

Drought – No rain fell for six months so the country has a serious drought.

7. OUGH as OCK sound

Lough – A lough is a type of lake.

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