sob

verb
\ ˈsäb How to pronounce sob (audio) \
sobbed; sobbing

Definition of sob

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : 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

noun (1)

Definition of sob (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an act of sobbing
2 : a sound like that of a sob

SOB

noun (2)
\ ˌes-ˌō-ˈbē How to pronounce SOB (audio) \

Definition of SOB (Entry 3 of 3)

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Synonyms for sob

Synonyms: Verb

bawl, blub [chiefly British], blubber, cry, weep

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Examples of sob in a Sentence

Verb

He began to sob uncontrollably. She could not stop sobbing. “I hate you,” she sobbed.

Noun (2)

I hate that miserable SOB.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Perfect to sing along (and sob openly on the street) to. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Is A Star Is Born the New Titanic? Discuss.," 9 Oct. 2018 Oh, and there’s a random man sobbing in the hallway off of the kitchen. refinery29.com, "Sweetbitter Premiere: Welcome To New York," 7 May 2018 Or want to sob through a sad, romantic movie while eating some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream? Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "30 Fun Things to Do By Yourself in Your Lifetime," 3 Jan. 2019 In one story, the tranquility of Maud’s Christmas Eve is shattered by the sounds of her hard-drinking upstairs neighbor verbally and physically abusing his sobbing wife. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Tales to Warm a Cold Winter’s Night," 21 Dec. 2018 Others, like me, prefer the catharsis of sobbing into popcorn and Milk Duds. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Is A Star Is Born the New Titanic? Discuss.," 9 Oct. 2018 During testimony from the trial’s first witness, an expert on bullet trajectories and bloodstains, Judge Van Tine briefly halted the proceedings as LeGrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, began to sob and was escorted from the courtroom. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Trial opens in 2015 police shooting in which bat-wielding teen and bystander were killed," 18 June 2018 Anyone who's ever laid in bed sobbing from a movie induced broken heart with only a box of Kleenex and a bag of cheese doodles as consolation knows that Nicholas Sparks is the king of romantic dramas. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Definitive Ranking of the 8 Best Nicholas Sparks Movies," 20 Nov. 2018 That’s at least a bit better than the border agents who were recorded laughing as the children being separated from their parents sobbed. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Weepiness Level: Quiet, heaving sobs for two minutes. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "15 Sad Movies for When You Need Something to Cry About," 3 Oct. 2018 Right now, our hearts are big and raw and sore from the absence of him, and my memories block out the reality of most days bringing choking sobs every night. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Radio Host Delilah Opens Up About Losing Her Teenage Son to Suicide In New Memoir," 22 Oct. 2018 Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter's hand and burst into heaving sobs. Colleen Long, The Christian Science Monitor, "Families reunited, then deported to Guatemala," 12 July 2018 In the telephone call, a Chinese woman vents her despair between hoarse sobs. Chris Buckley And Melissa Eddy, New York Times, "Liu Xia, in Call From China, Tells of the Agony of Endless Captivity," 4 May 2018 Despite further pleas through screams and sobs, the family say the gun was not moved and that the child suffered a severe form of PTSD afterwards. Angela Helm, The Root, "Chicago PD Settle for $2.5 Million After Police Point Gun at 3-Year-Old," 4 July 2018 In the more than seven-minute call, the teen’s mother pleads with the dispatcher for help through sobs. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Teen Trapped in Tree After Alligator Chases Her Out of Water: She's 'Gonna Be Dead!'," 3 July 2018 An overflow crowd sought solace with laughter and funny memories and occasional sobs. David Mcfadden, Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom," 3 July 2018 Now and then, his sobs rose above the street noise. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "A Yemeni toddler fought for his life in a hospital while adults battled each other," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of sob

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

History and Etymology for sob

Verb

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

Noun (2)

son of a bitch

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

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sob

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sob

: to cry noisily while taking in short, sudden breaths
: to say (something) while sobbing

sob

verb
\ ˈsäb How to pronounce sob (audio) \
sobbed; sobbing

Kids Definition of sob

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cry noisily with short sudden breaths I sobbed uncontrollably.
2 : to say while crying noisily She sobbed out the story.

sob

noun

Kids Definition of sob (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or the sound of crying loudly with short sudden breaths Hearing this, Wilbur threw himself down … Great sobs racked his body.— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

Medical Definition of SOB

short of breath

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