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sob 1

Pronunciation: /sɒb/

verb (sobs, sobbing, sobbed)

[no object]
1Cry noisily, making loud, convulsive gasps: he broke down and sobbed like a child he sobbed himself to sleep
More example sentences
  • Now I don't care any more what other people think and now I sob out loud as well.
  • Jessica didn't want to cry again, but before she knew it she was sobbing louder than she ever had before.
  • The line repeated endlessly in my head as he screamed louder, the woman sobbing harder.
Scottish  greet
informal blub, blubber, boohoo
British informal grizzle
1.1 [with object] Say while crying noisily: she sobbed out her troubles to him [with direct speech]: ‘I thought they’d killed you,’ he sobbed weakly
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  • This, and the girls sobbing outside auditions, ‘I just wanna be famous’.
  • But above all, we have seen people dying, heard people sobbing their last words.
  • She mustered courage and sobbed out the story of her torture by the prison guard to the jail boss.


An act or sound of sobbing: with a sob of despair she threw herself on to the bed
More example sentences
  • A louder sob came from the girl who had broke down crying.
  • I could not control it, a soft choked sob escaped from my lips.
  • Small choking sobs escaped from him as he began to cry.



Example sentences
  • At this juncture the movie and the short story are similar, though seeing Gretta suck her thumb when she sobbingly falls asleep after airing her remembrance creates a further dimension in the film.
  • In the police station, she sobbingly confesses her true identity.
  • ‘Tara, slow down,’ I ordered as Tara sobbingly explained something.


Middle English: perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect sabben 'to suck'.

Words that rhyme with sob

blob, bob, cob, dob, fob, glob, gob, hob, job, lob, mob, nob, rob, slob, snob, squab, stob, swab, throb, yob

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There are 2 main definitions of sob in English:

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(also s.o.b.)


North American informal
Short for son of a bitch.
Example sentences
  • This SOB had better do time in the clink.
  • He was typecast for years as a pugnacious gangster and ornery little SOB.
  • I hope you nail the SOB.

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