[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. soaring,
  2. soaringly,
  3. soave,
  4. soave operation,
  5. soay,
  6. sob sister,
  7. sob story,
  8. sob stuff,
  9. soba,
  10. sobeit

Origin of sob

1150–1200; Middle English sobben, apparently imitative

Related formssob·ber, nounsob·bing·ly, adverbsob·ful, adjective


or SOB

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British Dictionary definitions for sob


/ (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 Formssobber, nounsobbing, noun, adjective

Word Origin for sob

C12: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck


/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /

abbreviation for

son of a bitch
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Word Origin and History for sob
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