[ 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
Other definitions for sob (2 of 2)
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.
"He's the fellow who does the hero act," whispered Sobber to Pell, in a manner meant to reach Dick's ears.
"Had a little run-in with Sobber," said Dick to his brothers, when he got the chance, and related the particulars.
"I want Dick Rover to understand that he——" began Sobber, when another player pulled him back.
British Dictionary definitions for sob (1 of 2)
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 /
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Medical definitions for sob
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