- 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.
- 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 of sighMiddle 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
verbsighed, sigh·ing, sighs
- 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 of sighMiddle English sighen, probably back-formation from sighte, past tense of siken, to sigh, from Old English sīcan.
(third-person singular simple present sighs, present participle sighing, simple past and past participle sighed)
- (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.
- When she saw it wasn't damaged, she sighed with relief.
- He sighed. It was going to be a long night.
- He sighed over the lost opportunity.
- (intransitive) To lament; to grieve.
- (intransitive) To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.
- (intransitive) To experience an emotion associated with sighing.
- He silently sighed for his lost youth.
- (intransitive) To make a sound like sighing.
- To exhale (the breath) in sighs.
- She sighed a sigh that was nearly a groan.
- sigh a note and sing a note
- To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs.
- "I guess I have no choice," she sighed.
- She sighed her frustrations.
- (archaic) To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.
- An expression of fatigue, exhaustion, grief, sorrow, frustration, or the like, often used in casual written contexts.
- Sigh, I'm so bored at work today.