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sigh

Noun

1 an utterance made by exhaling audibly [syn: suspiration]
2 a sound like a person sighing; "she heard the sigh of the wind in the trees"

Verb

1 heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily; "She sighed sadly" [syn: suspire]
2 utter with a sigh

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

sihen from sīhen, from sīcan

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued, frustrated, or grieved; the act of sighing.
  2. Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lament.
  3. (cockney slang) A person with boredom

Translations

a deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued, frustrated, or grieved; the act of sighing
figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lament
(cockney slang) a person with boredom

Verb

  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, frustration, or the like.
  2. Hence, to lament; to grieve.
  3. To make a sound like sighing.
  4. To exhale (the breath) in sighs.
  5. To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over.
  6. To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs.
  7. To express frustration.

Translations

to inhale a larger quantity of air than usual, and immediately expel it
hence, to lament; to grieve
to make a sound like sighing
to exhale (the breath) in sighs
to utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over
to express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs
to express frustration

Extensive Definition

  • A sigh is an exhalation of air, through stress, boredom, relief, or disappointment.
  • Sigh (band), an avantgarde metal band from Tokyo, Japan that was formed in 1989.
  • Un Sospiro (English "A Sigh"), a piano piece by Franz Liszt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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