- 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 sobber
Historical Examples of sobber
"Sobber, I didn't really think you could be so mean," he went on.
How Sobber had ever gotten the captaincy of this team was a mystery.
"If it was Sobber we ought to pay him back," came from Songbird, grimly.
But now Tom rushed in and wrenched the glass from Sobber's hand.
Sobber did not return to Putnam Hall for the best part of a week.
- (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 for sob
Word Origin and History for sobber
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.