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Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Perhaps from Dutch or Low German

sob

verb
     
sob past tense and past participle sobbed, present participle sobbing
1 [intransitive] to cry noisily while breathing in short sudden bursts:
2 [transitive] also sob out to say something while you are sobbing:
'It's too late,' she sobbed.
sob noun [countable]
loud sobs
WORD FOCUS: cry WORD FOCUS: cry
be in tears to be crying
burst into tears
to suddenly start crying
break down (in tears)
to suddenly cry a lot, after trying not to cry
sob
to cry noisily, with sudden noisy breaths
weep
especially written to cry a lot for a long time
bawl
if a baby bawls, it cries very loudly
have tears in your eyes
to be about to cry
your eyes water
you start to cry, especially because you have been cutting up onions or there is a lot of smoke


See also
cry

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