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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.


Sighing \Sigh"ing\, a. Uttering sighs; grieving; lamenting. ``Sighing millions.''
--Cowper. -- Sigh"ing*ly, adv.


n. The utterance of a sigh. vb. (present participle of sigh English)

Usage examples of "sighing".

Thorin continued staring toward the mountains in the distance, sighing as the minutes mounted.

Finally the apt relaxed, sighing, as with the passing of a bad dream, and resumed the regular respiration of deep slumber.

But Heru was not there and little I cared for twittering finches or sighing damsels.

How grand its voice is, too, when it talks with the wind: a thousand aeolian harps cannot equal the beauty of the sighing of a great tree in leaf.

Good ceased his sighing, and began to murder Zu-Vendi at the top of his voice, and Sir Henry whistled and looked silly.

At first she did not respond, but gradually she became more and more uneasy in her sleep, moaning and sighing occasionally.

Finally a click, a sigh, muffled voices in the background, Bill sighing again.

I keep looking up at her, making eye contact, rolling my tongue across her nipples and holding on to her breasts, applying slight pressure but not squeezing them, and she keeps sighing , content.

She untied the gauze strip and began winding it into a neater turban, sighing as she tucked in the last wisps of hair.

Aubrey came out of the suitcase, sighing, and caught a glimpse of her reflection in the mirror.

Gray, sighing, leaned against his window and watched the wave pool below.

That I spent a lot of time sighing over him, you know, trying out the name Aubrey Howell on napkins and stuff like that.

The storm rattle on the slates and tiles of hundreds of roofs quite drowned out the customary chimney-sighs for which the Sighing Gargoyle was named.

Craer saw Hawkril smiling at him from the road, and Embra sighing and crooking a beckoning finger.

Her breasts heaved with every sighing breath and a fist clenched at the end of the outflung arm.