One man stood in front of her and sobbed as he said his wife had left him.
Sally sobbed on her bed, knowing that she would never see Glen again.
We sobbed in unison when Meryl Streep could barely talk about her husband without becoming visibly verklempt and touched.
c.1200, "to cry with short breaths," probably of imitative origin, related to Old English seofian "to lament," Old High German sufan "to draw breath," West Frisian sobje "to suck." Related: Sobbed; sobbing.
late 14c., from sob (v.). Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.
: The average man and woman in this country live a soap-opera existence
[1939+; fr the fact that in radio days such shows were typically sponsored by soap manufacturers]