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sigh

[ sahy ]
/ saɪ /
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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.

noun

the act or sound of sighing.

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moan, sob, groan, whisper, cry, whistle, murmur, gasp, exhale, howl, blow, sough, pant, roar, grieve, sorrow, lament, whine, respire, wheeze

Nearby words

sig., siganid, sigatoka, siggeir, siggo, sigh, sighful, sighfully, sight, sight bill, sight draft

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 formssigh·er, nounout·sigh, verb (used with object)un·sigh·ing, adjective
Can be confusedside sighedsighs size (see synonym study at size1)
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British Dictionary definitions for sigh

sigh

/ (saɪ) /

verb

(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

noun

the act or sound of sighing
Derived Formssigher, noun

Word Origin for sigh

Old English sīcan, of obscure origin
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