sigh

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verb

sighed; sighing; sighs

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
sigher noun

sigh

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
And Ken simply sighs, running a hand over his face. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2023 Watch glances, sighs President George H.W. Bush was criticized for looking down at his watch during the 1992 trilateral debate with Democrat Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 23 Aug. 2023 With each new feature my friends and family — all who have purchased cars in the last 20 years — sighed and reminded me that these features were common and simply new to me. Brandon Widder, The Verge, 15 Aug. 2023 As the guests sipped from miniature glasses, sighing with satisfaction, Balogun started things off with his version of Nigerian pepper soup, using snapper as a base rather than the traditional snails. Camille Okhio, New York Times, 25 May 2023 Like Venetian blinds, Pratt sighs, moving his hands like shutters. Annalisa Quinn, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2023 But, still, sigh … This is a guy who missed an average of 35 games in the last three seasons with the Lakers. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2023 Justin Eaton looked around Mad Taco, which sits on the edge of Otter Creek, running his hands through his beard and sighing. Ellie Wolfe, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2023 Lawrence Gilbert sighs in exasperation at the marginalization. Samindra Kunti, Forbes, 16 July 2023
Noun
Rodrigo, an actress on a Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, performed each lyric with an appropriate tremble, snicker, or sigh. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2023 The information is relayed in sobs and sighs, and then the speakers gather themselves and continue in stops, starts, and contradictions. Wilson M. Sims, Longreads, 7 Sep. 2023 So start each day with a list of gratitude and end each day with a sigh of relief. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2023 Inside, a woman behind a desk looked up with a sigh. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2023 But local officials and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are finally breathing a collective sigh of relief. Kevinisha Walker, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2023 While plenty of grocery stores and big box retailers have self-checkout machines, Trader Joe's shoppers can breathe a huge sigh of relief and check that off their shopping list. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 18 Aug. 2023 During Thursday night’s 18-18 tie with the Eagles in the Browns’ third preseason game, York went 3 for 3 on his first three field goal attempts and the Browns and their fans breathed a huge sigh of relief. cleveland, 18 Aug. 2023 In 2000, Democrat Al Gore was mocked for his audible sighs during his debate with George W. Bush, as well as his decision to walk over and stand in front of Bush at one point in the debate. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 23 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near sigh

Cite this Entry

“Sigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sigh. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

sigh

1 of 2 verb
1
: to take or let out a long loud breath (as in weariness or relief)
2
: to make a sound like sighing
wind sighing in the branches
3
: yearn sense 1
sighing for the good old days

sigh

2 of 2 noun
1
: an often involuntary act of sighing especially when expressing a feeling
2
: the sound of gently moving or escaping air
the sighs of a summer breeze

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