- The definition of sigh is to take in or let out a breath loud enough to be heard.
An example of a sigh is a long loud breath a person lets out when they are sad.
sigh definition by Webster's New World
- to take in and let out a long, deep, audible breath, esp. in expressing sorrow, relief, fatigue, longing, etc.
- to make a sound like that of a sigh: trees sighing in the wind
- to feel longing or grief; yearn or lament (for)
Origin: Middle English sighen, back-formation ; from sihten, past tense of siken ; from Old English sican, to sigh: probably echoic
- to express with a sigh
- to spend in sighing: to sigh the day away
- Rare to lament with sighing
- sigher noun
sigh definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb sighed, sigh·ing, sighs verb, intransitive
- a. To exhale audibly in a long deep breath, as in weariness or relief.b. To emit a similar sound: willows sighing in the wind.
- To feel longing or grief; yearn: sighing for their lost youth.
- To express with or as if with an audible exhalation.
- Archaic To lament.
Origin: Middle English sighen, probably back-formation from sighte, past tense of siken, to sigh, from Old English sīcan.
- sighˈer noun