[ sahy ]
/ saɪ /

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to express or utter with a sigh.
to lament with sighing.


the act or sound of sighing.

Origin of sigh

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

sigh·er, nounout·sigh, verb (used with object)un·sigh·ing, adjective

Can be confused

side sighedsighs size (see synonym study at size1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sigh


/ (saɪ) /


(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

Derived Forms

sigher, noun

Word Origin for sigh

Old English sīcan, of obscure origin
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