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sob

[sob] /sɒb/
verb (used without object), sobbed, sobbing.
1.
to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.
2.
to make a sound resembling this.
verb (used with object), sobbed, sobbing.
3.
to utter with sobs.
4.
to put, send, etc., by sobbing or with sobs:
to sob oneself to sleep.
noun
5.
the act of sobbing; a convulsive catching of the breath in weeping.
6.
any sound suggesting this.
Origin of sob
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English sobben, apparently imitative
Related forms
sobber, noun
sobbingly, adverb
sobful, adjective
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  • And throwing himself on the grass, he hid his face against the dog and sobbed.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She sobbed weakly in his arms, but her own arm was still tight about his neck.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • "I'm not naughty, miss—at least I am doing all I can to get over it," she sobbed.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • "He did—he did—he did," sobbed Pussy, and could get no further.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • She had re-appeared; it was she herself who now sobbed and besought him to be tender and merciful.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for sobbed

sob

/sɒb/
verb sobs, sobbing, sobbed
1.
(intransitive) to weep with convulsive gasps
2.
(transitive) to utter with sobs
3.
to cause (oneself) to be in a specified state by sobbing: to sob oneself to sleep
noun
4.
a convulsive gasp made in weeping
Derived Forms
sobber, noun
sobbing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C12: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck
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Word Origin and History for sobbed

sob

v.

c.1200, "to cry with short breaths," probably of imitative origin, related to Old English seofian "to lament," Old High German sufan "to draw breath," West Frisian sobje "to suck." Related: Sobbed; sobbing.

sob

n.

late 14c., from sob (v.). Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sobbed

SOB

noun

son of a bitch (1918+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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