I. verb Etymology: Middle English sihen, alteration of sichen, from Old English sīcan; akin to Middle Dutch versiken to sigh Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to take a deep audible breath (as in weariness or relief) 2. to make a sound like sighing <
wind sighing in the branches
3. grieve, yearn <
sighing for days gone by
transitive verb 1. to express by sighs 2. archaic to utter sighs over ; mournsigher noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an often involuntary act of sighing especially when expressing an emotion or feeling (as weariness or relief) 2. the sound of gently moving or escaping air <
sighs of the summer breeze

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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