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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Sigh
Senses
  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
Senses
  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
Senses
  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
Wiktionary

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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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 Hisg. 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 Jan 23, 1950

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 Wales approximately on 975. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • 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.