big, deep, great, heavy, huge
little, slight, small, soft
loud, quiet
audible, silent

There was an audible sigh of relief when the news came through that nobody was hurt.


Nancy heaved an inward sigh but did as her son suggested.

exhausted, long-suffering, weary
defeated, resigned

His departure prompted a few wistful sighs and the odd tear from admirers.

annoyed, exasperated, frustrated, irritated (esp. AmE)
contented, satisfied

The crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief.

breathe, give, heave, let out, release

I breathed a sigh of relief.

hold back, repress, stifle, suppress
escape sb

A weary sigh escaped him.


A heavy sigh came from her mother.

on a sigh

She let out her breath on a sigh.

with a sigh

‘I suppose we'd better get back to work!’ he said with a heavy sigh.

sigh of

She gave a deep sigh of contentment.

a sigh of relief
deeply, heavily

She sighed heavily and sat down.

audibly, loudly
a little
contentedly, happily

She looked at her son and sighed happily.


The girl watching him sighed dreamily.

dejectedly, sadly, wistfully

He sighed wearily as he looked at the pile of work.

angrily, exasperatedly, impatiently

He sighed in exasperation.


We sighed with relief when the noise stopped.

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