[ sob ]
/ sɒb /
verb (used without object), sobbed, sob·bing.
to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.
to make a sound resembling this.
verb (used with object), sobbed, sob·bing.
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.
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Origin of sob
1150–1200; Middle English sobben, apparently imitative
OTHER WORDS FROM sobsobber, nounsob·bing·ly, adverbsobful, adjective
Definition for sob (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for sob (1 of 2)
/ (sɒb) /
verb sobs, sobbing or sobbed
(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
Derived forms of sobsobber, nounsobbing, noun, adjective
Word Origin for sob
C12: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck
British Dictionary definitions for sob (2 of 2)
/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /
son of a bitch
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Medical definitions for sob
shortness of breath
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