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Sighed Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
- Sigh \Sigh\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sighed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Sighing.] [OE. sighen, si?en; cf. also OE. siken, AS.
s[=i]can, and OE. sighten, si?ten, sichten, AS. siccettan;
all, perhaps, of imitative origin.]
- 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 s[=i]th is still heard in England and among the illiterate in the United States.
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