Meaning of SIGH in English


I. ˈsī verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English sihen, sighen (past sihte, sighte ), probably alteration (after such pairs as Middle English techen to teach: tahte, taghte taught) of sichen, from Old English sīcan; akin to Middle Dutch ver siken to sigh

intransitive verb

1. : to let out slowly and audibly a deeply drawn breath especially as the involuntary expression of weariness, dejection, grief, regret, longing, yearning, relief

2. : to make a sound like sighing

wind sighing in the branches

the sails did sigh like sedge — S.T.Coleridge

3. : lament , grieve , yearn — used often with for

sighing for the days of his youth

transitive verb


a. : to express by sighs : utter in or with sighs

sighed out her grief

poor shawled woman sighing her prayers — Sean O'Faolain

b. : to breathe out in sighs

drove his blade … to the bull's heart … as the wild life sighed itself out, and vanished — C.G.D.Roberts

2. archaic : to utter sighs over : mourn

shall bless her name, and sigh her fate — Matthew Prior

3. : to spend or waste in sighing

sighing away his days

4. : to bring by sighs into a particular state

sighed himself to sleep

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English sihe, sighe, from sihen, sighen, v.

1. : an act of sighing : a deep and prolonged audible inspiration and expiration of air especially when involuntary and expressing some emotion or feeling (as grief, yearning, weariness, or relief)

sighs of parting

2. : the sound of gently moving or escaping air

sigh of the summer breeze

the engine stopped with a sigh

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