\ ˈsī How to pronounce sigh (audio) \
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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sigher \ ˈsī(-​ə)r How to pronounce sigher (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for sigh

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of sigh in a Sentence

Verb 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 Immediately, the town sighed a huge sigh of relief. Shady Grove Oliver, Anchorage Daily News, "Utqiagvik finally celebrates first successful bowhead hunt of season," 21 Nov. 2019 South Florida’s palm trees are postcard promises of sighing sea breezes and sandy beaches, but the icon of the tropics may be an impractical adornment in an era of climate change. Kimberly Miller,, "Oaks instead of palm trees? Florida’s iconic palms don’t cut it with climate change," 14 Nov. 2019 In response to the news, Thorne posted an Instagram Story of herself heavily sighing and rolling her eyes. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Bella Thorne shares steamy picture with ex Tana Mongeau after the YouTuber gets engaged," 19 June 2019 Another friend looked at the screen in his hand and sighed, deeply. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Our hurt for Kamille 'Cupcake’ McKinney demands more from this Classic, from all of us," 23 Oct. 2019 That was the difference,’’ sighed Del Norte coach Leigh Cole. Pomerado News, "Bye week gives Nighthawks chance to regroup," 25 Sep. 2019 Phillips and his teammates could sigh in relief inside their locker room. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 6 Euclid holds off No. 12 Medina, 43-35, to remain unbeaten," 21 Sep. 2019 Ramirez muttered and sighed as the teens, with their baby faces and coltish bodies, bumbled a run-through. Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, "Gay shopkeeper stands his ground in a Central Valley town, carving out space for others," 20 Aug. 2019 The final frames of the Season 2 finale had the lovebirds rejoicing at their latest reunion, while those who prefer her professional endeavors sighed at the slip-up. Ashley Lee,, "Romantic comedies like ‘Younger’ leave ‘happily ever after’ at the altar," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Darcy Kuemper has also shown some sighs of weakness. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Christian Dvorak scores twice as Arizona Coyotes beat Anaheim Ducks in shootout," 27 Nov. 2019 But nearly coming all the way back from a 21-0 deficit against Georgia, at home … sigh. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Football Four: Tua Tagovailoa's injury changes outlook, while Georgia grabs No. 4 spot.," 18 Nov. 2019 This win feels like so many of the wins over the last few years -- a sigh of relief, sure, but is this sustainable? Dan Labbe, cleveland, "The Browns’ wild win vs. Bills on Sunday is a perfect summary of their season so far," 10 Nov. 2019 Eugene lowered his plate with a comically loud mournful sigh. David Canfield,, "The Relentless Moon: Get a first look at the otherworldly follow-up to The Calculating Stars," 5 Nov. 2019 Aliza tells me about the devastation in her oldest daughter’s life without tears or sighs but rather with a sense of what must be done. Michael Shapiro, Longreads, "Book of Lamentations," 29 Oct. 2019 Kane did break the deadlock with his next chance, nodding home Lamela's whipped corner at the near post to the sound of 62,000 simultaneous sighs of relief. Matias Grez, CNN, "Five-star Tottenham lifts the gloom in north London with hammering of Red Star," 22 Oct. 2019 Escobar let out a sigh of relief upon hearing the man was expected to survive. Rosemary Sobol,, "With help from a stranger, a dad is expected to survive after being shot in the forehead while driving in Humboldt Park: ‘It’s a miracle he’s alive’," 2 Oct. 2019 There's something about the French-girl aesthetic — le sigh — that effortless beauty that is so dreamy, yet simple. Paige Stables, Good Housekeeping, "9 French Beauty Rules, According to French Women," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of sigh was in the 13th century

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1 Dec 2019

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“Sigh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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.
literary : to make a sound like sighing
: to say (something) with a sigh


\ ˈsī How to pronounce sigh (audio) \
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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