Origin of suspireMiddle English suspiren ; from Classical Latin suspirare, to breathe out ; from sub-, sub- + spirare: see spirit
intransitive verbsus·pired, sus·pir·ing, sus·pires
- To breathe: “And from that one intake of fire / All creatures still warmly suspire” (Robert Frost).
- To sigh.
Origin of suspireMiddle English suspiren, to sigh, from Old French, from Latin susp&imacron;rare : sub-, from below; see sub– + sp&imacron;rare, to breathe.
(third-person singular simple present suspires, present participle suspiring, simple past and past participle suspired)
- (obsolete) A long, deep breath; a sigh.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Old French suspirer (Modern soupirer), from Latin.