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
She was rushed to the infirmary one night by a dorm supervisor who found her sobbing uncontrollably.
He wandered aimlessly around the field in uncontrolled, shoulder-shaking sobbing.
They may be on the phone laughing one moment and then in the next sobbing over a math problem.
She was sobbing, unable to catch her breath or tell me what was wrong.
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