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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.

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

  2. any sound suggesting this.

Origin of sob

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)


abbreviation(sometimes lowercase)Slang. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sob in a sentence

  • An agony of grief took her now, and she fell once more to those awful sobs that awhile ago had shaken her.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • There was a silence, only broken by the monotonous ticking of the carved Swiss clock and the deep sobs of the kneeling girl.

  • She said not a word, and the silence was broken only by Mam'selle Pauline's continued sobs.

  • Tessa was tasting the peaches, her throat so full of sobs that she swallowed the fruit with pain.

    Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
  • With holy hymns, broken by their sobs, they commit his mutilated body to the grave, where after lifes long toil he sleepeth well.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow

British Dictionary definitions for sob (1 of 2)


/ (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

  1. a convulsive gasp made in weeping

Origin of sob

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)


/ slang, mainly US and Canadian /

abbreviation for
  1. son of a bitch

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