- 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.
- to express or utter with a sigh.
- to lament with sighing.
- the act or sound of sighing.
Origin of sigh
Related Wordsmoan, sob, groan, whisper, cry, whistle, murmur, gasp, exhale, howl, blow, sough, pant, roar, grieve, sorrow, lament, whine, respire, wheeze
Examples from the Web for sighing
Mrs. Elwood was sighing fond remembrance of her only this morning.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Huge sand dunes formed the shore, covered with sighing pines.In the Midst of Alarms
"I am not afraid of you—but—of myself," said Virginia, sighing.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Sometimes it is a sighing wind from other heights, happier in that they are sweet with firs.Tiverton Tales
Cornelius confessed to himself, sighing, that woman was not perfect.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
- (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
Word Origin and History for sighing
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.
early 14c., from sigh (v.).