Definition of sigh in English:


Syllabification: sigh


[no object]
1Emit a long, deep, audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling: Harry sank into a chair and sighed with relief [with direct speech]: “I’m in a bit of a mess,” Elaine sighed
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  • Tori inwardly sighed with relief that they were on a first name basis once again.
  • For those who sigh wearily at this impossible aspiration there are other solutions.
  • He looked up at the sky with a wistful expression, a gust slightly lifting up his long hair, and sighed.
breathe out, exhale;
groan, moan
1.1(Of the wind or something through which the wind blows) make a sound resembling this: a breeze made the treetops sigh
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  • All he could hear was the wind sighing in the trees and the soft lap of water against the wall surrounding the lake.
  • A breeze sighed through the branches and we came to a glade, a secret place of fir and silver birch.
  • The constant wind that hugs the hill-side seems to sigh at the memory.
1.2 (sigh for) literary Feel a deep yearning for (someone or something lost, unattainable, or distant): he sighed for days gone by
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  • The joys of rereading might have offered Mallarme a stronger antidote to his ennui than sighing for distant, exotic lands.
  • The words she remembered said, ‘My heart cries for you, sighs for you, dies for you.’
  • Film buffs in Thrissur, tired of watching classics in the DVD format at art house shows, have been sighing for that matchless experience - seeing the magic unfold on the silver screen.
yearn for, long for, pine for, ache for, grieve for, cry for/over, weep for/over, rue, miss, mourn, lament, hanker for/after


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1A long, deep, audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or a similar feeling: she let out a long sigh of despair figurative when the aircraft touched down I breathed a sigh of relief
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  • They looked at each other for a moment, and then Lisa let out a sigh of what sounded like frustration.
  • I don't expect you to run wailing through the streets but couldn't you rustle up a small sigh of regret?
  • Passengers waiting on the platform breathe a collective sigh of exasperation.
1.1A gentle sound resembling this, especially one made by the wind.
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  • The only sound was the sigh of the wind across the Pripyat marshes, accelerating to a low moan among the squat blocks of flats.
  • The later acoustic-led Thumbing My Way is a sigh on a desert wind.
  • For a moment I only stood where I was, listening to the gurgle of the water and the sighs of the wind.


Middle English (as a verb): probably a back-formation from sighte, past tense of siche, sike, from Old English sīcan.

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