sob

1 of 3

verb

sobbed; sobbing

intransitive verb

1
a
: to catch the breath audibly in a spasmodic contraction of the throat
b
: to cry or weep with convulsive catching of the breath
2
: to make a sound like that of a sob or sobbing

transitive verb

1
: to bring to a specified state by sobbing
sobbed himself to sleep
2
: to utter with sobs
sobbed out her grief

sob

2 of 3

noun (1)

1
: an act of sobbing
2
: a sound like that of a sob
plural SOBs or SOB's
slang, sometimes offensive
: son of a bitch
He's one arrogant/tough/greedy SOB.
… a guy who brought two dozen roses to a first coffee date and told you he felt like the luckiest SOB on the planet in the first five minutes.Today

Example Sentences

Verb He began to sob uncontrollably. She could not stop sobbing. “I hate you,” she sobbed. Noun (2) I hate that miserable SOB.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Murdaugh appeared to sob while the video played in court the first time. Randi Kaye, CNN, 1 Feb. 2023 Some individuals sob or laugh uncontrollably during orgasm (6, 9). Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 18 May 2012 As the show built to its endpoint, a few people began to sob openly. Jose A. Del Real, Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2022 No one answered except for a former cellmate who began to sob. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Miller kept trying but eventually took his hands away from the keys and began to sob. Demetrius Patterson, Variety, 22 Oct. 2022 All these delights and more can be found on her TikTok, and they can be recreated fairly easily; just tie your hair back and sob in wonder all night, or rent a rain machine. Emma Specter, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2022 As Peter’s photograph was brought over to the witness stand, his mother, Hui Wang, started to quietly sob, hiding her face behind the photograph of her boy. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2022 As one family testifies, others sob in the gallery while awaiting their turn. CBS News, 2 Aug. 2022
Noun
But as the tap settled into the bark and Doug and Ruth Welch explained this sugary ritual doesn’t hurt the tree, the droplets of sap looked less like a small sob and more like a light dribble off a faucet. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 12 Jan. 2023 Eisele’s mother, surrounded on either side by other emotional family members and victim’s advocates, let out a sob as Manfredonia was led into the courtroom in handcuffs and a tan prison-issue outfit on Thursday morning. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 15 Sep. 2022 And not the kind of tears that can be wiped away with a flick of the wrist, but the sort of heavy sob that leaves you short of breath, with your head between your knees. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2022 Burmeister unleashes a wild laugh that becomes a sob, to which the audience naturally responds with nervous laughter of its own. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 9 Aug. 2022 The apology caused Love’s sister to shake her head before quietly trying to stifle a sob. Baltimore Sun, 27 Apr. 2022 Whether you're caught off guard in the city by your feelings or need to release a calculated howl into the void, these are the best places to escape for a sob. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2022 The words caused some members of the public sitting in the gallery to gasp and sob. Eric Levenson And Aaron Cooper, CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 Millions watched our Paula sob when injury put her out of the 2004 Olympic Marathon, millions more watched her suffer diarrhea during the 2005 London Marathon. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 25 Apr. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English sobben; akin to Middle Low German sabben to drool

Noun (2)

son of a bitch

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sob was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sob. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

sob

1 of 2 verb
sobbed; sobbing
1
: to weep especially with short gasping sounds
2
: to bring to a specified state by sobbing
sobbed myself to sleep
3
a
: to make a sound like that of sobbing
the wind sobbed through the trees
b
: to utter with sobs
sobbed out their story

sob

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act of sobbing
2
: a sound of or like that of sobbing

Medical Definition

SOB

abbreviation
short of breath

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