To Sigh. v.n. [ꞅıcan, ꞅıcꞇꞇan, Saxon; suchten, Dutch.] To emit the breath audibly, as in grief.
I lov'd the maid I married; never man
Sigh'd truer breath. Shakesp. Coriolanus.
I'll not be made a soft and dull-ey'd fool,
To shake the head, relent, and sigh, and yield
To Christian intercessors. Shakes. Merch. of Venice.
He sighed deeply in this spirit, and saith, why doth this generation seek after a sign? Mar. viii. 12.
For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy will I arise. Ps. xii. 5.
Who seeks not pleasure through necessity,
Than such as once on slipp'ry thrones were plac'd,
And chasing, sigh to think themselves are chas'd. Dryden.
The nymph too longs to be alone;
Leaves all the swains, and sighs for one. Prior.
Thus sighed he away the melancholy night. Arb. and Pope.