\ˈsī \
sighed; sighing; sighs

Definition of sigh 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take a deep audible breath (as in weariness or relief)

2 : to make a sound like sighing wind sighing in the branches

3 : grieve, yearn sighing for days gone by

transitive verb

1 : to express by sighs

2 archaic : to utter sighs over : mourn



Definition of sigh (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an often involuntary act of sighing especially when expressing an emotion or feeling (such as weariness or relief)

2 : the sound of gently moving or escaping air sighs of the summer breeze

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Other Words from sigh


sigher \ˈsī(-ə)r \ noun

Examples of sigh in a Sentence


He sighed with relief when he saw that he passed the test. The wind sighed through the trees. “I may never see my old home again,” she sighed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

MoviePass users sighed with relief, but also a bit of trepidation. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why MoviePass is the future — even if it doesn’t survive," 6 July 2018 In flashback, there was William the philanthropist, hosting fancy fundraisers and sighing as nasty rich people blathered on at him. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?," 17 June 2018 When Annie goes home and proposes the same routine, Steve scoffs and sighs but, to placate her, goes along with it. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror," 7 June 2018 When Romeo did a split second, slightest-of-fake grab for the Vanderbilt hat, the state of Indiana got ready to sigh. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Why Romeo Langford means so much to basketball in Indiana," 4 May 2018 One timejump-20-minutes-into-this-film later, Han sighs his way through some grim, Full Metal Jacket-y battlefields before noticing potential fellow smugglers. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Solo film review: Best when it embraces its favorite action-movie urges," 24 May 2018 Judge Salvador Vasquez denied the request for the mistrial, and Giro’s friends and family sighed and wiped away tears of relief at the decision. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "'She was in there the whole time': Witnesses say they saw defendant exit Lake Station home where woman's body found," 27 Apr. 2018 The caller sighed, then said something that struck Schell as odd. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The Boy Who Lived on Edges," 22 Mar. 2018 Someone talks during the movie in the theater, and sighs permeate as everyone waits for someone else to confront the offender. Alex Horton, Houston Chronicle, "A crying toddler, a flying tub of popcorn, and a 'Last Jedi' screening that led to arrests," 4 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Alec Baldwin Creepily Invites Melania Trump to SNL and Promises Her Redemption Roy Rochlin Deep sigh. Luke Darby, GQ, "Alec Baldwin Creepily Invites Melania Trump to SNL and Promises Her Redemption," 24 June 2018 While Team USA failed to qualify for the championship (sigh), that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other international replacements out there to root for. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "15 Very Attractive Reasons to Watch the 2018 World Cup," 13 June 2018 Imagine my generation’s collective sigh of disappointment at Bledel’s newest role. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Emma Watson and Glee star Chord Overstreet have yet to comment on their relationship status (sigh!), but the rumored couple was recently spotted holding hands during a date in Los Angeles. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Emma Watson and Chord Overstreet Spotted Holding Hands and They Look Super Cute!," 12 Mar. 2018 Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press The Big Ten, enticed by cash and that mystical New York television market (sigh), is headed to New York City for the Big Ten tournament. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Big Ten tournament predictions: Who's going to win it all?," 28 Feb. 2018 User MarxistLesbian — who notes that her arthritis and anemia are to blame for less-than-flawless lines — says the transformation happened through lots of repetition (sigh). Sophie Wirt, Allure, "How to Apply Lipstick If You Have Shaky Hands," 2 Feb. 2018 And then there’s Toronto, as 26-year-old JunJun Wu will tell you with a sigh. Natalie Wong,, "Even New Yorkers Can’t Afford a Home in Toronto," 6 June 2018 That explains why Tuesday’s results were met with a sigh of relief. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Salesforce Grows the Old-Fashioned Way," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of sigh


13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sigh


Middle English sihen, alteration of sichen, from Old English sīcan; akin to Middle Dutch versiken to sigh

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English Language Learners Definition of sigh

: to take in and let out a long, loud breath in a way that shows you are bored, disappointed, relieved, etc.

: to make a sound like sighing

: to say (something) with a sigh


\ˈsī \
sighed; sighing

Kids Definition of sigh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to take or let out a long loud breath often as an expression of sadness or weariness

2 : to make a sound like sighing Wind was sighing in the branches.

3 : to say with a sigh “Oh, dear,” she sighed.



Kids Definition of sigh (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or a sound of taking or letting out a long loud breath She finished with a sigh of relief.

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