Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sob \Sob\, n.
The act of sobbing; a convulsive sigh, or inspiration of the breath, as in sorrow.
Break, heart, or choke with sobs my hated breath.
Any sorrowful cry or sound.
The tremulous sob of the complaining owl.
Sob \Sob\ (s[o^]b), v. t. [See Sop.]
To soak. [Obs.]
Sob \Sob\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sobbed (s[o^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. Sobbing.] [OE. sobben; akin to AS. se['o]fian, si['o]fian, to complain, bewail, se['o]fung, si['o]fung, sobbing, lamentation; cf. OHG. s[=u]ft[=o]n, s[=u]ftj[=o]n, to sigh, MHG. siuften, siufzen, G. seufzen, MHG. s[=u]ft a sigh, properly, a drawing in of breath, from s[=u]fen to drink, OHG. s[=u]fan. Cf. Sup.] To sigh with a sudden heaving of the breast, or with a kind of convulsive motion; to sigh with tears, and with a convulsive drawing in of the breath.
Sobbing is the same thing [as sighing], stronger.
She sighed, she sobbed, and, furious with despair.
She rent her garments, and she tore her hair.
Sob is a verb meaning cry. Sob and SoB may refer to:
- Souls on Board, used in aviation transportation
- S.O.B Society Of Bodybuilding (www.SocietyOfbodybuilding.no)
- Seventeen or Bust, a distributed computing project
- Special Operations Battalion (SOB), an elite unit of the Croatian army
- Society of Old Brooklynites
- Son of a bitch, an insult or curse phrase
- Sons of Ben (MLS supporters association)
- Suggested Opening Bid, a term in auctioneering
- Super Oralloy Bomb, a nuclear bomb
- Senate Office Building
- Dirksen Senate Office Building
- Russell Senate Office Building
- Hart Senate Office Building
- S.O.B. Hill, a mountain in Utah, United States
- Start of business, the start of the business day (as opposed to EOB)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.
Etymology 1 n. A cry with a short, sudden expulsion of breath. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) to weep with convulsive gasps. 2 (context transitive English) to say (something) while sobbing. Etymology 2
vb. To soak.
Usage examples of "sob".
Chained again in his corner of the drafry t Vcell, Alec turned his face to the rough stone wall and sobbed until his chest ached.
When her last amigo had dropped to the ground, sobbing that he could not get up, she left him, taking eight pesos from his pocket.
Even Seri, usually level-headed and calm, had flung herself on Aris, sobbing wildly, in the first hours after.
Sheila broke off in a string of arrhythmic hiccups that gradually faded to sobs.
Pleading for mercy, calling on whatever god might hear them, they crawled through the darkness, sobbing, bedeviled on every side.
I was pushed into a line with the other spirits, who were again bemoaning their fate in a low sob.
She had ceased sobbing, but her trembling would not be stilled, and she shuddered afresh when he came closer to her, beseeching his forgiveness with a pathetic smile, yet shrinking the more.
And Boule de Suif still wept, and sometimes a sob she could not restrain was heard in the darkness between two verses of the song.
Her eloquent sighs and sobs soon told the caitiff he had nothing to fear.
A moment after the gentleman and his wife came back to their room, and I heard the loud voice of the one and the sobs of the other, but as he was speaking Walloon I did not understand what he said.
Holly lifted her right hand and stroked the bright stars at her throat with a look of total disbelief on her delicate features, then she choked and sobbed and turned to Centaine and -embraced her.
Dorian stared at him in horrified disbelief, and Yasmini choked back her sobs: her brothers and other kin must be among the dead.
I ditched my scuba set in the water for Angelo to recover, shrugging out of the harness, and when I scrambled over the side, Chubby had laid her on the floorboards and he was leaning over her, folding her in his arms to quieten her struggles and still her moans and sobs of agony.
On a half sob and a hiccough combo, she rose to her feet and let Charmaine in.
For he was sure it was Felicia and not her mother who was sobbing, though he knew Lady Coombs was suffering silently.