Word of the Day: Suspire

>> May 24, 2010

Suspire \suh-SPAHY-uhr\, verb:

To utter with long, sighing breaths.

The beleaguered alligator will rise on his stubby legs, distend his body, open wide his cavernous jaws, suspire what is supposed to be a dreadful hiss but sounds more like a tired sigh, and then ferociously clash his jaws together.
-- Archibald Rutledge, Monsters of the Swamp
For, since the birth of Cain, the first male child,/ To him that did but yesterday suspire,/ There was not such a gracious creature born.
-- William Shakespeare, The life and death of King John

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jayayceeblog May 25, 2010 at 2:35 AM  

Hey, I like your word of the day. When we were growing up, Dad would give us a spelling word at the dinner table with definitions. I think "suspire" is the noise my daughters made when they were teenagers and I asked them to do something they didn't want to do or did something they thought was lame. ;-)


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