Definitions for: Sigh

[n] an utterance made by exhaling audibly
[n] a sound like a person sighing; "she heard the sigh of the wind in the trees"
[v] heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily; "She sighed sadly"
[v] utter with a sigh

Webster (1913) Definition: Sigh, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sighed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sighing.] [OE. sighen, si?en; cf. also OE. siken, AS.
s[=i]can, and OE. sighten, si?ten, sichten, AS. siccettan;
all, perhaps, of imitative origin.]
1. To inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and
immediately expel it; to make a deep single audible
respiration, especially as the result or involuntary
expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, or the

2. Hence, to lament; to grieve.

He sighed deeply in his spirit. --Mark viii.

3. To make a sound like sighing.

And the coming wind did roar more loud, And the
sails did sigh like sedge. --Coleridge.

The winter winds are wearily sighing. --Tennyson.

Note: An extraordinary pronunciation of this word as s[=i]th
is still heard in England and among the illiterate in
the United States.

Sigh, v. t.
1. To exhale (the breath) in sighs.

Never man sighed truer breath. --Shak.

2. To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.

Ages to come, and men unborn, Shall bless her name,
and sigh her fate. --Pior.

3. To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs.

They . . . sighed forth proverbs. --Shak.

The gentle swain . . . sighs back her grief.

Sigh, n. [OE. sigh; cf. OE. sik. See Sigh, v. i.]
1. A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of
air, as when fatigued or grieved; the act of sighing.

I could drive the boat with my sighs. --Shak.

2. Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lan?ent.

With their sighs the air Frequenting, sent from
hearts contrite. --Milton.

Synonyms: suspiration, suspire

See Also: breathe, emit, let loose, let out, respire, sound, take a breath, utter, utterance, vocalization

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