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sigh

[sahy] /saɪ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.
2.
to yearn or long; pine.
3.
to make a sound suggesting a sigh:
sighing wind.
verb (used with object)
4.
to express or utter with a sigh.
5.
to lament with sighing.
noun
6.
the act or sound of sighing.
Origin of sigh
1250-1300
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English sighen, back formation from sihte sighed, past tense of Middle English siken, sichen, Old English sīcan to sigh; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
sigher, noun
outsigh, verb (used with object)
unsighing, adjective
Can be confused
side, sighed.
sighs, size (see synonym study at size)
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Examples from the Web for sighing
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Mrs. Elwood was sighing fond remembrance of her only this morning.

  • Huge sand dunes formed the shore, covered with sighing pines.

  • "I am not afraid of you—but—of myself," said Virginia, sighing.

  • Sometimes it is a sighing wind from other heights, happier in that they are sweet with firs.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Cornelius confessed to himself, sighing, that woman was not perfect.

    The Black Tulip Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • Adams closed his eyes again, sighing heavily, but made no other response.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • Spend the time you have spent in sighing for fruits in fulfilling the conditions of their growth.

    Pax Vobiscum Henry Drummond
  • His complexion is a dark purple, and he has a habit of sighing constantly.

British Dictionary definitions for sighing

sigh

/saɪ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc
2.
(intransitive) to make a sound resembling this: trees sighing in the wind
3.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to yearn, long, or pine
4.
(transitive) to utter or express with sighing
noun
5.
the act or sound of sighing
Derived Forms
sigher, noun
Word Origin
Old English sīcan, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for sighing

sigh

v.

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.

sigh

n.

early 14c., from sigh (v.).

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