sigh [sahy] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object)
- 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.
verb (used with object)
- to express or utter with a sigh.
- to lament with sighing.
- the act or sound of sighing.
Origin of sigh 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 formssigh·er, nounout·sigh, verb (used with object)un·sigh·ing, adjectiveCan be confusedsighedsighs (see synonym study at ) Related Words for sighing , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Examples from the Web for sighing Contemporary Examples of sighing
They listened with audible outrage, sighing and groaning in disbelief.
October 17, 2012
The mayor sat back heavily, the plush cushion behind him sighing deeply.
December 21, 2008
Historical Examples of sighing
Mrs. Elwood was sighing fond remembrance of her only this morning.
Jessie Graham Flower
Huge sand dunes formed the shore, covered with sighing pines.
“I am not afraid of you—but—of myself,” said Virginia, sighing.
Sometimes it is a sighing wind from other heights, happier in that they are sweet with firs.
Cornelius confessed to himself, sighing, that woman was not perfect.
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
British Dictionary definitions for sighing sigh verb
- (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
Derived Formssigher, nounWord Origin for sigh Old English sīcan, of obscure origin 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.
early 14c., from(v.).