verb (used without object), sobbed, sob·bing.
verb (used with object), sobbed, sob·bing.
Origin of sob
Examples from the Web for sobbing
The 26 were beaten by the bailiffs as they filed into a caged dock, sobbing, on Dec. 21.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays|Bel Trew|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His voice is now shriller, the sobbing more pathetic, and the words begin to garble as he swallows water.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eric Jr. now helped his sobbing mother over to the front pew and his equally grief-stricken paternal grandmother, Gwendolyn Carr.
My coworker—who by the way is a guy—was sobbing when we saw the film.Shailene Woodley on ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ That Nasty 'Time' Piece, and the F-Word|Marlow Stern|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then, in an emotionally tense few seconds, sobbing, she completes the final hang power clean, barely standing upright.
And here little Carrie burst out crying, and buried her face, sobbing, in my lap.Happy Days for Boys and Girls|Various
Karamaneh, wrought upon past endurance, with a sobbing cry, sank to the deck—and lay still.The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu|Sax Rohmer
Even men were sobbing, and two or three attempted to throw themselves from the dock into the water to end their misery.A Child of the Sea; and Life Among the Mormons|Elizabeth Whitney Williams
And that grim present was in the person of a girl with tear-streaked face who looked up at her, sobbing.Sheila of Big Wreck Cove|James A. Cooper
He was able to get hold of it, and held it out to the little fellow who was sobbing and who laid it down on the grass beside him.Original Short Stories, Volume 13 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
verb sobs, sobbing or sobbed
Word Origin for sob
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.