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[sahy] /saɪ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.
2.
to yearn or long; pine.
3.
to make a sound suggesting a sigh:
sighing wind.
verb (used with object)
4.
to express or utter with a sigh.
5.
to lament with sighing.
noun
6.
the act or sound of sighing.
Origin
1250-1300
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
sigher, noun
outsigh, verb (used with object)
unsighing, adjective
Can be confused
side, sighed.
sighs, size (see synonym study at size)
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Examples from the web for sighs
  • If that does come about, there will be sighs of relief.
  • It is a film that will cause sighs-sighs of boredom.
  • The instructor sighs and checks the email again a couple of times.
  • Athletics directors are breathing sighs of suite relief.
  • We gather the gear and head beneath a bridge, where cool air sighs up from their secret entrance.
  • In her post-millennial decline, she squints and sighs and wheezes with no less exertion, but no more persuasively.
  • It's the perfect no fuss, make-ahead dinner party dish that elicits both sighs and raves.
  • He performed the song in murmurs and sighs, at points nearly talking the words in notes.
  • One night, fog gathered thickly, abstracting the licks and sighs of the northern lights.
  • She sighs and reaches into the pot of water in the sink.
British Dictionary definitions for sighs

sigh

/saɪ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc
2.
(intransitive) to make a sound resembling this: trees sighing in the wind
3.
(intransitive) often foll by for. to yearn, long, or pine
4.
(transitive) to utter or express with sighing
noun
5.
the act or sound of sighing
Derived Forms
sigher, noun
Word Origin
Old English sīcan, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for sighs

sigh

v.

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.

n.

early 14c., from sigh (v.).

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