sob

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verb (used without object),sobbed, sob·bing.
  1. to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.

  2. to make a sound resembling this.

verb (used with object),sobbed, sob·bing.
  1. to utter with sobs.

  2. to put, send, etc., by sobbing or with sobs: to sob oneself to sleep.

noun
  1. the act of sobbing; a convulsive catching of the breath in weeping.

  2. any sound suggesting this.

Origin of sob

1
1150–1200; Middle English sobben, apparently imitative

Other words from sob

  • sobber, noun
  • sob·bing·ly, adverb
  • sobful, adjective

Other definitions for S.O.B. (2 of 2)

S.O.B.

abbreviation(sometimes lowercase)Slang.

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How to use sob in a sentence

  • Sobber was with a chum named Nick Pell, and both eyed Dick in a calculating manner which was highly offensive.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "He's the fellow who does the hero act," whispered Sobber to Pell, in a manner meant to reach Dick's ears.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "Had a little run-in with Sobber," said Dick to his brothers, when he got the chance, and related the particulars.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • "I want Dick Rover to understand that he——" began Sobber, when another player pulled him back.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
  • In the first half of the game Sobber's eleven got ten points, while Larry's team got nothing.

    The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)

British Dictionary definitions for sob (1 of 2)

sob

/ (sɒb) /


verbsobs, sobbing or sobbed
  1. (intr) to weep with convulsive gasps

  2. (tr) to utter with sobs

  1. to cause (oneself) to be in a specified state by sobbing: to sob oneself to sleep

noun
  1. a convulsive gasp made in weeping

Origin of sob

1
C12: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck

Derived forms of sob

  • sobber, noun
  • sobbing, noun, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for s.o.b. (2 of 2)

s.o.b.

/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /


abbreviation for
  1. son of a bitch

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