S s


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sahy]
    • /saɪ/
    • /saɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sahy]
    • /saɪ/

Definitions of sighing word

  • verb without object sighing to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief. 1
  • verb without object sighing to yearn or long; pine. 1
  • verb without object sighing to make a sound suggesting a sigh: sighing wind. 1
  • verb with object sighing to express or utter with a sigh. 1
  • verb with object sighing to lament with sighing. 1
  • noun sighing the act or sound of sighing. 1

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Origin of sighing

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English sighen, back formation from sihte sighed, past tense of Middle English siken, sichen, Old English sīcan to sigh; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for Sighing


sighing popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

sighing usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for sighing

noun sighing

  • divulgence — a divulging.
  • whisper — to speak with soft, hushed sounds, using the breath, lips, etc., but with no vibration of the vocal cords.

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