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
Her mother knew every dish by heart and sighed when her daughter asked questions. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 5 June 2024 Rodriguez sighed, resigned to the march of modernity. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024
Noun
On Saturday, the nation breathed a huge sigh of relief at the news that commandos had liberated four living hostages. Shoshanna Solomon, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 June 2024 My point is not that one of these projects is morally superior to the other; simply that there’s a sigh in my chest for the cosmic timing that allowed for a bunch of flawed men to be rock stars and now dictates that flawed women soberly submit themselves for our ethical approval. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 18 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sigh 

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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