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sigh

[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 of sigh
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 sighed
  • Two other people at my table sighed with relief and nodded their heads in agreement.
  • As if she heard me, she looked up, shifted slightly in her seat and sighed.
  • His head was rocking back and forth and so he sat on the stone approach to the bridge and sighed.
  • Spending her last reserves of self-restraint, your correspondent sighed and walked away.
  • He sighed, looked down, and softly said that it never gets any easier.
  • She gave me her gosh-darn look of frustration and sighed.
British Dictionary definitions for sighed

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 sighed

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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