adjective sob·by \ˈsäbē, -bi\

Definition of sobby


  1. 1 chiefly dialectal :  saturated with moisture :  wet, soggy

  2. 2 :  of or relating to sobs or weeping :  sentimental sad, sobby little stories in the magazines — Metropolitan Magazine endeavor to simulate the Italian style … results in too much that is strenuous, manifestly sobby, and tortured — Saturday Review

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Origin and Etymology of sobby

in sense 1, perhaps alteration (influenced by 1sob) of sop, verb, to soak, saturate + -y; in sense 2, from 2sob + -y

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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