- to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.
- to yearn or long; pine.
- to make a sound suggesting a sigh: sighing wind.
- to express or utter with a sigh.
- to lament with sighing.
- the act or sound of sighing.
Origin of sigh
Examples from the Web for sigh
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
“We can blame Carrie Bradshaw for this,” says Shaunaq Arora, half-joking; his sigh tinged with the cloudy breath of his Gauloises.How Brooklyn Invaded Paris—Next Stop, the World
October 23, 2014
Strong, young, crisply uniformed, he or she would shake, sigh, stare blankly, or cry, recounting variations of this statement.Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming: The Psychological Cost of War
July 19, 2014
And, among certain sections of society at least, provoked a sigh of relief.Why Kate's Hair Matters
July 3, 2014
“All our love for Kiev was poisoned by their revolution,” she concluded with a sigh.Putin Has Predicted Civil War in Ukraine. So Do Many of Its People
April 16, 2014
He wears the look of one who is gnawed with envy, and he heaves the sigh of despair.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"I am sorry you couldn't agree with Halbert Davis, Robert," she said, with a sigh.Brave and Bold
"I don't know that I've ever found it so," Katherine replied with a sigh.Viviette
William J. Locke
The greetings of friends on the platforms at the different stations only made him sigh.Life in London
"You're very kind," said Aunt Frank, with a sigh of bewildered relief.The Bacillus of Beauty
- (intr) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc
- (intr) to make a sound resembling thistrees sighing in the wind
- (intr often foll by for) to yearn, long, or pine
- (tr) to utter or express with sighing
- the act or sound of sighing
Word Origin and History for sigh
mid-13c., probably a Middle English back-formation from sighte, past tense of Old English sican "to sigh," perhaps echoic of the sound of sighing. Related: Sighed; sighing.
early 14c., from sigh (v.).