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sobbing (crying)


convulsive gasp made while weeping


act noun (acts and actions)

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Princeton WordNet




probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

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Crying | sobbing | weeping | wailing | whimpering | bawling | blubbering

the shedding of tears in response to an emotional state in humans. The act of crying has been defined as "a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular ... (40 of 2837 words, 5 images)


Collins Dictionary:

sobbing | sob | sobber [noun, derived]

the act of weeping with convulsive gasps | [of] "sob" | [intransitive] to weep with convulsive gasps | [transitive] to utter with sobs | to cause ... (22 of 469 words, 6 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

sob | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle] | sobs [3rd-person singular present] | sobbingly [derived]

cry noisily, making loud, convulsive gasps | say while crying noisily | an act or sound of sobbing (16 of 109 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

sob | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle] | sobs [3rd-person singular present] | SOB | sobbingly [adverb, related]

To weep aloud with convulsive gasping; cry uncontrollably. | To make a sound resembling that of loud weeping. | To utter with sobs. | To put or bring ... (25 of 78 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:

sob | sob's [plural] | SOB's [plural] | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle] | SOB | s.o.b. [sense-specific] | sobbingly [adverb, related]

to weep aloud with a catch or break in the voice and short, gasping breaths | to make a sound like that of sobbing, as the wind | to bring (oneself) ... (29 of 78 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)


Random House Dictionary:

sob | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle]

to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath. | to make a sound resembling this. | to utter with sobs. | to put, send, etc., by sobbing or with ... (27 of 66 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

sob [intransitive/transitive] | sobs [plural] | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle]

to cry noisily while taking short breaths (7 of 52 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



sobbing | sobbings [plural] | crying [synonym, sense-specific] | sobs [synonym, sense-specific]

Present participle of sob. | Action of the verb to sob. | That or who sobs. (14 of 20 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)



sob [entry 1, verb] | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle] | bawl [synonym, sense-specific] | blub [British, synonym, sense-specific] | blubber [synonym, sense-specific] | cry [synonym, sense-specific] | weep [synonym, sense-specific] | greet [Scottish, similar, sense-specific] | ...

to catch the breath audibly in a spasmodic contraction of the throat ; to cry or weep with convulsive catching of the breath | to make a sound like ... (28 of 149 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sob show=1

sob [entry 2, noun]

an act of sobbing | a sound like that of a sob (11 of 25 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sob show=2

Cambridge Dictionary:

sob [entry 1] | -bb- [past tense]

to cry noisily, taking in deep breaths (7 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sob 1

sob [entry 2]

an act or sound of sobbing (6 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/sob 2

Columbia Encyclopedia:

tears | lacrimal gland | lacrimal glands

watery secretion of the lacrimal gland, which is located at the outer corner of the eye socket immediately above the eyeball. Tearing, or lacrimation, ... (24 of 125 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

sob | sobs [plural] | sobbed [past tense] | sobbing [present participle]

to make gasping sounds while crying | to say something while sobbing | to get into a particular state by sobbing | an act or sound of sobbing (25 of 86 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709518​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Collins Dictionary:

sobbing | sob

First use: 12th century

Origin: probably from Low German; compare Dutch sabben to suck


Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "sobbing"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "sobbing"


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