[ sahy ]
See synonyms for: sighsighed on

verb (used without object)
  1. to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.

  2. to yearn or long; pine.

  1. to make a sound suggesting a sigh: sighing wind.

verb (used with object)
  1. to express or utter with a sigh.

  2. to lament with sighing.

  1. the act or sound of sighing.

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, noun
  • outsigh, verb (used with object)
  • un·sigh·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with sigh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sigh in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sigh


/ (saɪ) /

  1. (intr) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc

  2. (intr) to make a sound resembling this: trees sighing in the wind

  1. (intr often foll by for) to yearn, long, or pine

  2. (tr) to utter or express with sighing

  1. the act or sound of sighing

Origin of sigh

Old English sīcan, of obscure origin

Derived forms of sigh

  • sigher, noun

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