- 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 sobbing
The 26 were beaten by the bailiffs as they filed into a caged dock, sobbing, on Dec. 21.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
His voice is now shriller, the sobbing more pathetic, and the words begin to garble as he swallows water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Eric Jr. now helped his sobbing mother over to the front pew and his equally grief-stricken paternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Carr.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
My coworker—who by the way is a guy—was sobbing when we saw the film.Shailene Woodley on ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ That Nasty 'Time' Piece, and the F-Word
June 2, 2014
And then, in an emotionally tense few seconds, sobbing, she completes the final hang power clean, barely standing upright.Inside the Cult of CrossFit
May 30, 2014
Again came the cry, more gently, ending in a sort of sobbing monologue.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She moved about the room, sniffing and sobbing as she dusted.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
She was crying bitterly, and sobbing as if her heart would break.The Paradise of Children
But then he buried his face in his hands and went on sobbing again.What Sami Sings with the Birds
"It is so cruel in you, brother Philip," replied Sidney, sobbing.Night and Morning, Complete
- (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 sobbing
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.