Definition of sob noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sɒb//
; NAmE NAmE//sɑːb//
jump to other results
an act or the sound of sobbing He gave a deep sob. Her body was racked (= shaken) with sobs. She managed to stifle (= stop) a sob. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps of Dutch or Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect sabben ‘to suck’.Extra examples ‘I don’t want to go!’ she said between sobs. ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ she asked with a sob. A choked sob rose in his throat. A dry sob caught in her throat. A sob escaped her lips. Choking back a sob, she ran to her father’s chair. Deep racking sobs shook his whole body. Ellen choked on a sob before admitting the truth. He continued his story through stifled sobs. He was too racked by sobs to reply. Her body was racked with sobs. I couldn’t hold back the heaving sobs. My father broke down into sobs. You can’t expect me to believe this sob story! a great sob of despair a sob from George
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sob