1 : an often involuntary act of sighing especially when expressing an emotion or feeling (such as weariness or relief)


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sigher \ ˈsī(-​ə)r

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Verb He sighed with relief when he saw that he passed the test. The wind sighed through the trees. “I may never see my old home again,” she sighed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s an eeriness to the typically euphoric vocals, which sigh and hover over brooding, crashing production like stormy clouds above turbulent seas. — Billboard Staff, Billboard, 8 Oct. 2021 Now, furrow your forehead and sigh in disappointment at the recognition that this culture of ours still fails to either value the work of women or recognize our capacities beyond the possession of a womb and a faculty for baking. — Liz Elting, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Their responses were mainly to sigh, sputter, snark, or scream. — BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The older men would wearily sigh, roll their eyes, and gesture toward the first hand… at which point Lee would open his fist and present their coins. — David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2021 Accounting, human resources, information management, and messaging and communication departments will likely sigh in relief. — Pradeep Aradhya, Forbes, 13 May 2021 As Oakland schools reopen, students rush into classrooms and parents sigh with relief. — Taylor Kate Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2021 The last of which, which Ingram haphazardly threw to Gordon Hayward under New Orleans" own basket, caused Pelicans color commentator Antonio Daniels to sigh in exasperation on the broadcast. — Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 9 Jan. 2021 One teacher said her students recognize propaganda and often sigh or make faces when encountering political texts. — Liza Lin, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Advertisers and businesses using Facebook are likely breathing a sigh of relief. — Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 As the pandemic fades, many agency owners are breathing a sigh of relief. — Drew Mclellan, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 When told about what happened, Ray Fix, a 39-year-old dairy manager at a ShopRite in New Jersey, let out a long sigh. — BostonGlobe.com, 25 Sep. 2021 When told about what happened, Ray Fix, a 39-year-old dairy manager at a ShopRite in New Jersey, let out a long sigh. — Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2021 Cedar Hill held its breath, then let out a relishing sigh of relief when the results became official and Cedar Hill won in 40.483 and Tompkins was second in 40.490. — Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 9 May 2021 Dean Evason rubbed his eyes, let out a slight sigh of relief and generally wore the look of someone who just went 12 tough rounds. — Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 Around 4:00, the tenants learned that the jury had gone home for the day and let out a collective sigh. — Matthew Desmond, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2020 Abraham let out a sigh of frustration and shook her head. — Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sigh

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


History and Etymology for sigh

Verb

Middle English sihen, alteration of sichen, from Old English sīcan; akin to Middle Dutch versiken to sigh