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sob (v.)

c. 1200, "to cry with short breaths," probably of imitative origin, related to Old English seofian "to lament," Old High German sufan "to draw breath," West Frisian sobje "to suck." Related: Sobbed; sobbing.

sob (n.)

late 14c., from sob (v.). Sob story is from 1913. Sob sister "female journalist who writes sentimental stories or advice columns" is from 1912.

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Definitions of sob from WordNet
1
sob (n.)
a dyspneic condition;
Synonyms: shortness of breath / breathlessness
sob (n.)
insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous;
Synonyms: asshole / bastard / cocksucker / dickhead / shit / mother fucker / motherfucker / prick / whoreson / son of a bitch
sob (n.)
convulsive gasp made while weeping;
Synonyms: sobbing
2
sob (v.)
weep convulsively;
He was sobbing inconsolably
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