Side vs sighed

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Side and sighed are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words side and sighed, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

Side is the position that is to the right or the left of an object or area. Side may also mean one half of an object or the left or right area of something. Side may also mean one of opposing factions in an argument, debate or a contest or sporting event. Side sometimes means a particular dimension of someone’s character, or a family line of descent. In America, a side may be an ancillary dish in a meal. Side is also used as a verb to mean to champion a certain faction in an argument or debate, related words are sides, sided, siding. The word side is derived from the Dutch word zidje and the German word seite.

Sighed is the past tense of the word sigh, which means to expend a long, audible breath that may mean sadness, relief or exhaustion. Sigh may also be used figuratively to mean a slight gust of wind. The word sigh is derived from the Old English sīcan.


She was driving daily from the east side of town, where she worked, to the west side, where her daughter was in daycare, and needed a place where she could grab diapers or carrots on the go. (The Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Today, the garden, now located at Valmonte Elementary School, has students working side by side with garden manager, horticulturist and teacher Nancy Lemargie. (The Daily Breeze)

Artie sighed, rolled his eyes and reluctantly agreed to accept the dollar as down payment for the dirty deed. (The Newport News Times)