Sigh Sigh, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sighed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sighing}.] [OE. sighen, si?en; cf. also OE. siken, AS. s[=i]can, and OE. sighten, si?ten, sichten, AS. siccettan; all, perhaps, of imitative origin.] 1. To inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible respiration, especially as the result or involuntary expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, or the like. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to lament; to grieve. [1913 Webster]

He sighed deeply in his spirit. --Mark viii. 12. [1913 Webster]

3. To make a sound like sighing. [1913 Webster]

And the coming wind did roar more loud, And the sails did sigh like sedge. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

The winter winds are wearily sighing. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Note: An extraordinary pronunciation of this word as s[=i]th is still heard in England and among the illiterate in the United States. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sighed — saɪ n. loud exhalation which expresses relief or sorrow or other emotions; sighing sound, sound of rushing air v. exhale loudly in relief or sorrow; make a sighing sound; yearn, long for …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • side — sighed …   English homophone dictionary

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  • sigh — 01. When she heard she had failed the test, she [sighed], and walked sadly out the door. 02. Paula [sighed] with contentment as she held her new baby. 03. The wind [sighed] in the trees. 04. When I asked Wynona why she had broken up with Daniel,… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • sigh — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, deep, great, heavy, huge ▪ little, slight, small, soft …   Collocations dictionary

  • sigh — [[t]sa͟ɪ[/t]] ♦♦♦ sighs, sighing, sighed 1) VERB When you sigh, you let out a deep breath, as a way of expressing feelings such as disappointment, tiredness, or pleasure. [V prep/adv] Michael sighed wearily... [V prep/adv] Roberta sighed with… …   English dictionary

  • sigh — sigh1 [saı] v [: Old English; Origin: sican] 1.) to breathe in and out making a long sound, especially because you are bored, disappointed, tired etc ▪ Well, there s nothing we can do about it now, she sighed. sigh heavily/deeply ▪ Frankie stared …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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