Sighing
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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