sigh

verb
\ 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

sigh

noun

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

Verb

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 When Holtby popped up with the puck in his possession, hearts sank across around the arena as Capitals supporters around the states surely sighed in relief. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Final: Capitals, Holtby Hang on in Game 2 to Even Series," 30 May 2018 That's where the experts come in to put us on the right track and save us from grabbing a manila envelope, stuffing, sighing, and calling it a day. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "5 Expert Tips for Organizing All Your Old Photos Right Now," 26 May 2020 The former vice president audibly sighed when the question came up, first denying knowing about an FBI investigation into Flynn in early 2017, and then correcting himself. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Joe Biden and the unmasking of Michael Flynn: What we know," 14 May 2020 Background voices – moans, murmurs, sighs – emerge and recede as if from a dream. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Album review wrap-up: Nick Cave transforms, the Highwomen rise, Tool returns, and more," 9 Oct. 2019 During one hand, a woman shielded her face with cards when an opponent sighed heavily. Jack Healy, New York Times, "Bridge Was Their Passion. Then People Started to Die.," 29 Apr. 2020 Soon, wakes from the boat traffic began splashing onto the rocks at the base of the bluff with sighing noises. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, "Bringing in the Comfort," 6 Apr. 2020 The song is a bouncy bop of a tune with a sighing ’50s chorus. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 5 Best New Songs of the Week, from The Weeknd to Perfume Genius," 24 Mar. 2020 Gibeley sighs, but the change doesn’t fluster Fall. BostonGlobe.com, "acko Fall needs a tuxedo.," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After President-elect Joe Biden declared victory in the U.S. presidential election Saturday, many U.S. allies in Europe appeared to breathe a sigh of relief. Washington Post, "As European leaders focus on Biden, European media remains unsettled by Trump’s refusal to concede," 12 Nov. 2020 Left exhausted, disappointed, and confused by four years of Donald Trump’s presidency, much of the world breathed a sigh of relief on the news that Joe Biden had won the U.S. election. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "With Biden’s victory, the world looks to US with hope for change," 10 Nov. 2020 Dear Heartbroken: Conventional wisdom might suggest that someone who hangs in there through the worst of things would then breathe a sigh of relief and commit to being there during recovery. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Man’s girlfriend leaves him after his recovery from cancer," 28 Oct. 2020 An insurance goal from Glass with a little over 15 minutes left sealed the win and allowed the Sacred Heart fans to breathe a sigh of relief. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart heads to state championship game after 3-1 win over Greenwood," 28 Oct. 2020 Dear Heartbroken: Conventional wisdom might suggest that someone who hangs in there through the worst of things would then breathe a sigh of relief and commit to being there during recovery. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "First cancer hits, then heartbreak follows," 28 Oct. 2020 As the seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock at the Bounce House Saturday afternoon, UCF players and coaches could breathe a sigh of relief. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF football vows not to take win for granted," 25 Oct. 2020 Thursday night was a far less chaotic event than the first one, something pundits talked about afterwards almost with a sigh of relief. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "'A more normal debate': How CNN, Fox and NBC covered Trump-Biden highlights and lowlights," 23 Oct. 2020 Collins, for his part, breathed a sigh of relief upon turning the pages. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "All the Wrong Reasons to Remake “Rebecca”," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sigh

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sigh

Verb

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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Cite this Entry

“Sigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sigh. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for sigh

sigh

verb
How to pronounce sigh (audio)

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

sigh

verb
\ 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.

sigh

noun

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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