verb (used without object), sobbed, sobbing.
to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.
to make a sound resembling this.
verb (used with object), sobbed, sobbing.
to utter with sobs.
to put, send, etc., by sobbing or with sobs: to sob oneself to sleep.
the act of sobbing; a convulsive catching of the breath in weeping.
any sound suggesting this.

1150–1200; Middle English sobben, apparently imitative

sobber, noun
sobbingly, adverb
sobful, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
sob (sɒb)
vb , sobs, sobbing, sobbed
1.  (intr) to weep with convulsive gasps
2.  (tr) to utter with sobs
3.  to cause (oneself) to be in a specified state by sobbing: to sob oneself to sleep
4.  a convulsive gasp made in weeping
[C12: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, probably of imitative origin, related to O.E. seofian "to lament," O.H.G. sufan "to draw breath," W.Fris. sobje "to suck." The noun is attested from late 14c. Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Senate Office Building

  2. shortness of breath

  3. son of a bitch

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Example sentences
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.
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