follow Dictionary.com

Is Tuesday named for a one-handed god?

sob

[sob] /sɒb/
verb (used without object), sobbed, sobbing.
1.
to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.
2.
to make a sound resembling this.
verb (used with object), sobbed, sobbing.
3.
to utter with sobs.
4.
to put, send, etc., by sobbing or with sobs:
to sob oneself to sleep.
noun
5.
the act of sobbing; a convulsive catching of the breath in weeping.
6.
any sound suggesting this.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English sobben, apparently imitative
Related forms
sobber, noun
sobbingly, adverb
sobful, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for sobbed
  • Patty sat in the courtroom and sobbed throughout the hearing.
  • He sobbed convulsively and hyperventilated before many of his intimates, saying that his destroyers had finally succeeded.
  • It was the same hospital where he had sobbed uncontrollably at the loss of his younger brother a half decade earlier.
  • Exhausted but relieved, he bent his head to his knees and sobbed aloud.
  • Unable to restrain her emotions any longer, she sobbed loudly as her age-group got up to dance.
  • She left the witness stand, sobbed in the foyer for three to five minutes, and then returned to the witness stand.
  • The veteran sobbed during the interview while talking about his father, who died while he.
  • Lucia put her hands to her face suddenly, and sat down and sobbed sharply once or twice.
  • When sha was alone she sobbed as if her heart would break.
British Dictionary definitions for sobbed

sob

/sɒb/
verb sobs, sobbing, sobbed
1.
(intransitive) to weep with convulsive gasps
2.
(transitive) to utter with sobs
3.
to cause (oneself) to be in a specified state by sobbing: to sob oneself to sleep
noun
4.
a convulsive gasp made in weeping
Derived Forms
sobber, noun
sobbing, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C12: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for sobbed

sob

v.

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.

n.

late 14c., from sob (v.). Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for sobbed

SOB

noun

son of a bitch (1918+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Related Abbreviations for sobbed

SOB

  1. Senate Office Building
  2. shortness of breath
  3. son of a bitch
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sob

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sobbed

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with sobbed

Nearby words for sobbed