The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sigh \Sigh\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sighed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sighing.] [OE. sighen, si?en; cf. also OE. siken, AS. s[=i]can, and OE. sighten, si?ten, sichten, AS. siccettan; all, perhaps, of imitative origin.]
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, or the like.
Hence, to lament; to grieve.
He sighed deeply in his spirit.
--Mark viii. 12.
To make a sound like sighing.
And the coming wind did roar more loud, And the sails did sigh like sedge.
The winter winds are wearily sighing.
Note: An extraordinary pronunciation of this word as s[=i]th is still heard in England and among the illiterate in the United States.
vb. (en-past of: sigh)