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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
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 sighing
  • From beneath the boat, a sighing, almost mournful sound rises into the air.
  • Throughout the conversations, he kept looking at his watch and sighing.
  • The manuscript sits in the corner, alternately growling and sighing and whimpering.
  • It's an echo, probably, of human sobbing or sighing.
  • The writer was evincing skepticism all over the place: sighing, drumming his fingers.
  • After six minutes she turned to face him, sighing and stretching, to test if he was really sleeping.
  • But it's the long, continuous sighing breath of the file that stills them, for they know you are through.
  • More arrests are possible, but the government is sighing with relief.
  • Below, far below, is the ceaseless crash and sighing of the sea.
  • Too much sighing, perhaps, or too little consistency.
British Dictionary definitions for sighing

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 sighing

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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