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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.]

  1. 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.

  2. Hence, to lament; to grieve.

    He sighed deeply in his spirit.
    --Mark viii. 12.

  3. 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)