- to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.
- to make a sound resembling this.
- to utter with sobs.
- to put, send, etc., by sobbing or with sobs: to sob oneself to sleep.
- the act of sobbing; a convulsive catching of the breath in weeping.
- any sound suggesting this.
Origin of sob
Examples from the Web for sobbed
I cupped my searing left cheek in my hand as I sobbed, muffling my mouth with the other so not to wake my daughter.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
We sobbed in unison when Meryl Streep could barely talk about her husband without becoming visibly verklempt and touched.The Most ‘WTF’ Oscar Moments Ever: Rob Lowe’s Duet with Snow White, Sacheen Littlefeather, and the Streaker
Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern
February 27, 2014
She laid her head between her arms, and sobbed as if her heart would break.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
We just let it happen, and Emma walked into the room 12 times in a row and sobbed.Love Actually’s 10th Anniversary: The Cast and Crew Reminisce About the Christmas Classic
November 7, 2013
Federer sobbed, reminding us of the tantrum-throwing, John McEnroe-esque brat he was as a kid.Roger Federer: The Transformation of a Tennis Star
July 8, 2012
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
"He did—he did—he did," sobbed Pussy, and could get no further.Rico and Wiseli
She had re-appeared; it was she herself who now sobbed and besought him to be tender and merciful.The Dream
- (intr) to weep with convulsive gasps
- (tr) to utter with sobs
- to cause (oneself) to be in a specified state by sobbingto sob oneself to sleep
- a convulsive gasp made in weeping
Word Origin and History for sobbed
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.
late 14c., from sob (v.). Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.