Def: sigh (to sigh (v) is soupirer)
A couple weeks ago, a few of us were sitting around a café table; two Americans, two Italians, an Aussie and a Frenchman. And, of all things, we were talking about the word “sigh” and all its meanings.
Sometimes you sigh out of exasperation (but, jamais, in Paris!).
Or you sigh out of pleasure. Utter bliss. (Oh, Mon dieu…)
You sigh when you’re tired… a little harder if you’re tired and frustrated.
Sighing often goes hand-in-hand with being sad. Wah. Je suis triste!
A nice sigh is out of passion or admiration.
You can sigh just to catch your breath. Or after you’ve been startled.
It’s actually a modest but loaded word, that little sigh.