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sob

verb \ ˈsäb \

Definition of sob

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

Examples of sob in a Sentence

  1. He began to sob uncontrollably.

  2. She could not stop sobbing.

  3. “I hate you,” she sobbed.

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Origin and Etymology of sob

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

sob Synonyms

Synonyms
bawl, blub [chiefly British], blubber, cry, weep
Related Words
greet [Scottish], grieve, keen, lament, mourn; howl, scream, squall, wail, yowl; bleat, mewl, pule, whimper, whine; sniffle, snivel; groan, moan, sigh

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sob

noun

Definition of sob

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

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First Known Use of sob

14th century


SOB

noun \ ˌes-ˌō-ˈbē \

Definition of SOB

Examples of sob in a Sentence

  1. I hate that miserable SOB.

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Origin and Etymology of sob

son of a bitch


SOB Defined for English Language Learners

sob

verb

Definition of sob for English Language Learners

  • : to cry noisily while taking in short, sudden breaths

  • : to say (something) while sobbing


SOB Defined for Kids

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sob

verb \ ˈsäb \

Definition of sob for Students

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

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sob

noun

Definition of sob for Students

: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 Dictionary

SOB

abbreviation

medical Definition of SOB

short of breath


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