- 1[intransitive] to cry noisily, taking sudden, sharp breaths I heard a child sobbing loudly. He started to sob uncontrollably.
- 2[transitive] to say something while you are crying + speech ‘I hate him,’ she sobbed. sob something (out) He sobbed out his troubles. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet. Word Origin Middle English: perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect sabben
BrE BrE//sɒb//; NAmE NAmE//sɑːb//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sob
BrE BrE//sɒb//; NAmE NAmE//sɑːb//he / she / it sobs
BrE BrE//sɒbz//; NAmE NAmE//sɑːbz//past simple sobbed
BrE BrE//sɒbd//; NAmE NAmE//sɑːbd//past participle sobbed
BrE BrE//sɒbd//; NAmE NAmE//sɑːbd//-ing form sobbing
BrE BrE//ˈsɒbɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɑːbɪŋ//