sob sister

  1. a journalist who writes human-interest stories with sentimental pathos.

  2. a persistently sentimental do-gooder.

Origin of sob sister

First recorded in 1910–15

Words Nearby sob sister Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sob sister in a sentence

  • The body of the article Hazel read in what a sob sister would describe as a state of mingled emotions.

    North of Fifty-Three | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • I have in mind some wonderful "sob-sister" stuff that was used in the last Canadian election.

    The Affable Stranger | Peter McArthur
  • One sob sister had declared Callista was a woman, with human needs, feelings, a tragic childhood.

  • Shall I write a story of Mame on the sob-sister order to bring the tears to your eyes?

    Working With the Working Woman | Cornelia Stratton Parker

British Dictionary definitions for sob sister

sob sister

  1. a journalist, esp a woman, on a newspaper or magazine who writes articles of sentimental appeal

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