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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Sigh
  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." [Coleridge.]"The winter winds are wearily sighing." [Tennyson.]

Note: ☞ An extraordinary pronunciation of this word as sīth is still heard in England and among the illiterate in the United States.

Etymology: OE. sighen si�en; cf. also OE. siken, AS. sīcan, and OE. sighten si�ten sichten, AS. siccettan; all, perhaps, of imitative origin

verb Sigh
  1. To exhale (the breath) in sighs."Never man sighed truer breath." [Shak.]
  2. To utter sighs over; to lament or mourn over."Ages to come, and men unborn, Shall bless her name, and sigh her fate." [Pior.]
  3. To express by sighs; to utter in or with sighs."They . . . sighed forth proverbs." [Shak.]"The gentle swain . . . sighs back her grief." [Hoole.]
noun Sigh
  1. A deep and prolonged audible inspiration or respiration of air, as when fatigued or grieved; the act of sighing."I could drive the boat with my sighs." [Shak.]
  2. Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lan�ent."With their sighs the air Frequenting, sent from hearts contrite." [Milton.]

Etymology: OE. sigh; cf. OE. sik. See Sigh (v. i.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An utterance made by exhaling audibly
  2. A sound like a person sighing ("she heard the sigh of the wind in the trees")
  3. Heave or utter a sigh; breathe deeply and heavily ("She sighed sadly")
  4. Utter with a sigh

From Middle English sihen, from Old English sīcan. (The OE infinitive would have given ME forms with /tʃ/ or /k/, which are both attested, so the /h/ form is probably a back-formation from the preterite sihte.)

  1. A deep, prolonged audible inhale and exhale of breath; as when fatigued, frustrated, grieved, or relieved; the act of sighing.
  2. Figuratively, a manifestation of grief; a lament.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) A person who is bored.

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Popularity of Sigh as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sigh U.S.
  White 20.79% 64.26%
  African American 45.05% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 26.24% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sigh

People with the last name Sigh are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Sigh

  • How Popular is the name Sigh? As a last name Sigh was the 91,221st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Sigh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sigh is Tuesday, February 5th, 1884.
  • How unique is the name Sigh? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sigh. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Sigh: Your name in reverse order is Hgis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Isgh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sigh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 202 people with the last name Sigh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sigh? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sigh as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

What Sighs Have Visited This Page?

Past life for Sigh born May 22, 1924

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central Africa approximately on 1550. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.