- 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.
- Hence, to lament; to grieve."He sighed deeply in his spirit." [Mark viii. 12.]
- 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