American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To exhale audibly in a long deep breath, as in weariness or relief.
- v. To emit a similar sound: willows sighing in the wind.
- v. To feel longing or grief; yearn: sighing for their lost youth.
- v. To express with or as if with an audible exhalation.
- v. Archaic To lament.
- n. The act or sound of sighing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To heave or draw a sigh (see sigh, n.); make an audible inspiration and expiration indicative of some emotion; make an expressive respiratory sound: as, to sigh with grief or disappointment, or (less commonly) from satisfaction or the sense of relief.
- Hence To experience an oppressive mental sensation; yearn or long, as from a special access of emotion or desire: often with for: as, to sigh for the good old times.
- To make a sound resembling or suggestive of a sigh; sound with gentle or subdued mournfulness: said of things, especially the wind and its effects.
- To emit, use, or act upon or in regard to with sighs or in sighing; utter, express, lament, etc., with sighing utterance or feeling: used poetically with much latitude: as, to sigh out one's love, pleasure, or grief.
- n. A sudden involuntary deep-drawn inspiration of breath, followed by its more or less audible expiration, usually expressive of some emotion or sensation: as, a sigh of grief, chagrin, relief, pleasure, or fatigue.
- See sie.
- A Middle English preterit of see.
- n. A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued, frustrated, grieved, or relieved; the act of sighing.
- n. Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lament.
- n. Cockney rhyming slang A person who is bored.
- v. intransitive 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, frustration, or the like.
- v. intransitive To lament; to grieve.
- v. intransitive To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.
- v. intransitive To experience an emotion associated with sighing.
- v. intransitive To make a sound like sighing.
- v. transitive To exhale (the breath) in sighs.
- v. transitive To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs.
- v. transitive, archaic To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.
- interj. An expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, frustration, or the like, often used in casual written contexts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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 like.
- v. Hence, to lament; to grieve.
- v. To make a sound like sighing.
- v. To exhale (the breath) in sighs.
- v. To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.
- v. To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs.
- n. A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued or grieved; the act of sighing.
- n. Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lan�ent.
- v. heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily
- v. utter with a sigh
- n. a sound like a person sighing
- n. an utterance made by exhaling audibly
- Middle English sihen, from Old English sīcan (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sighen, probably back-formation from sighte, past tense of siken, to sigh, from Old English sīcan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Some of the earnings seem to be coming in OK, so I think there is clearly some sort of short-term sigh of relief here," said David Reilly, director of portfolio strategies at Rydex Investments.”
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