v. sobbed, sob·bing, sobs
1. To weep aloud with convulsive gasping; cry uncontrollably. See Synonyms at cry.
2. To make a sound resembling that of loud weeping.
1. To utter with sobs.
2. To put or bring (oneself) into a specified condition by sobbing: sob oneself to sleep.
The act or sound of sobbing.
[Middle English sobben, perhaps of Low German origin.]
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