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v. sighed, sigh·ing, sighs
a. To exhale audibly in a long deep breath, as in weariness or relief.
b. To emit a similar sound: willows sighing in the wind.
2. To feel longing or grief; yearn: sighing for their lost youth.
1. To express with or as if with an audible exhalation.
2. Archaic To lament.
The act or sound of sighing.

[Middle English sighen, probably back-formation from sighte, past tense of siken, to sigh, from Old English sīcan.]

sigh′er n.
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  1. A collective sigh, like an escaping jet of steam —Robert Traver
  2. Gave a deep sigh, like pain was a habit —Cornell Woolrich
  3. Releasing a muffled sigh like a baby animal with a full belly —Kenzaburo Oë
  4. Sighed, a rustling sound like wandering autumn leaves —Derek Lambert
  5. Sighed like a long-suffering teacher —Ramsey Campbell
  6. Sighed like a pair of bellows —William McIlvanney
  7. Sighed like a poet in love —Beryl Markham
  8. Sighed once with relief … like a low note on a bagpipe —Sue Grafton
  9. Sighed with pain, as if a knife had twisted deep inside —Louise Erdrich
  10. Sighing, like a bagpipe’s dying breath —Patrick White
  11. Sighing like a punctured tire —Guy Bolton
  12. Sighing like the night wind and sobbing like the rain —Stephen Foster

    This is a line from the song, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” which begins with yet another simile: “I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair, borne like a vapor on the summer air.”

  13. Sigh like some sweet plaintive melody —William Motherwell
  14. A sigh of relief escaped his lips like a long-needed crap —John Lennon
  15. Sighs as if a mountain lay on her chest —Cora Sandel
  16. Sigh … tender and enchanting, like the wind outside a wood in the evening —Virginia Woolf
  17. A sigh that was like a gust of sand raised and dropped suddenly by the wind —Flannery O’Connor
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References in classic literature ?
D'Artagnan now no longer counted the sighs. They were innumerable.
"The only thing is to prepare ourselves for changes," said Sighs, who had conducted the fifth form for five and twenty years with unparalleled incompetence.
And I said -- "She is warmer than Dian: She rolls through an ether of sighs -- She revels in a region of sighs.
"No, indeed," replied the servant; "they all preserve a marvellous silence on the road, for not a sound is to be heard among them except the poor lady's sighs and sobs, which make us pity her; and we feel sure that wherever it is she is going, it is against her will, and as far as one can judge from her dress she is a nun or, what is more likely, about to become one; and perhaps it is because taking the vows is not of her own free will, that she is so unhappy as she seems to be."
Then came another of those melancholy little sighs, and this time the poor Gnat really seemed to have sighed itself away, for, when Alice looked up, there was nothing whatever to be seen on the twig, and, as she was getting quite chilly with sitting still so long, she got up and walked on.
More especially is this the case with those whose lines breathe sadness, where the refrain comes like a sigh at the end of a regret:
--If I did not myself sigh before them, and chatter with cold, and patiently LET myself be swathed in their pity!
"I wish I could remember her," said the Story Girl, with a little sigh. "I haven't even a picture of her.
One after one, by the star-dogged Moon Too quick for groan or sigh, Each turned his face with a ghastly pang, And cursed me with his eye.
Montalais -- Montalais!" she sighed, "it is very wicked to deceive me so."
"I've had such a beautiful time, so far," she sighed happily.
`Once,' said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep sigh, `I was a real Turtle.'