Definition of sigh in English:

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Pronunciation: /sʌɪ/


[no object]
1Emit a long, deep audible breath expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar: Harry sank into a chair and sighed with relief
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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
rare suspire
1.1(Of the wind or something through which the wind blows) make a sound resembling a sigh: 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.
rustle, whisper, murmur, sough
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, long, pine, ache, languish, carry a torch;
grieve over, cry/weep for/over, fret about, shed tears for;
bemoan, rue, miss, mourn, lament, regret the loss/absence of, hanker for/after, eat one's heart out over, hunger/thirst for;
cry out for, pant for, crave, have a yen for, dream of


1A long, deep audible exhalation expressing sadness, relief, tiredness, or similar: she let out a long sigh of despair figurative the councils heaved a sigh of relief when they saved over £6m between them
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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 a sigh, especially one made by the wind: except for the sigh of the wind, it was very quiet
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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.

Words that rhyme with sigh

ally, Altai, apply, assai, awry, ay, aye, Baha'i, belie, bi, Bligh, buy, by, bye, bye-bye, chi, Chiangmai, Ciskei, comply, cry, Cy, Dai, defy, deny, Di, die, do-or-die, dry, Dubai, dye, espy, eye, fie, fly, forbye, fry, Frye, goodbye (US goodby), guy, hereby, hi, hie, high, I, imply, I-spy, July, kai, lie, lye, Mackay, misapply, my, nearby, nigh, Nye, outfly, passer-by, phi, pi, pie, ply, pry, psi, Qinghai, rai, rely, rocaille, rye, scry, serai, shanghai, shy, sky, Skye, sky-high, sly, spin-dry, spry, spy, sty, Sukhotai, supply, Tai, Thai, thereby, thigh, thy, tie, Transkei, try, tumble-dry, underlie, Versailles, Vi, vie, whereby, why, wry, Wye, xi, Xingtai, Yantai

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