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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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Origin of sigh

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English verb sighen, back formation from sihte “sighed,” past tense of Middle English siken, sichen “to sigh, moan,” Old English sīcan “to sigh, groan, long for”; noun derivative of the verb

OTHER WORDS FROM sigh

sigher, nounoutsigh, verb (used with object)un·sigh·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sigh

1. side, sighed 2. sighs , size
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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 forms of sigh

sigher, noun

Word Origin for sigh

Old English sīcan, of obscure origin
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