Sobbing
Sob Sob, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sobbed} (s[o^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sobbing}.] [OE. sobben; akin to AS. se['o]fian, si['o]fian, to complain, bewail, se['o]fung, si['o]fung, sobbing, lamentation; cf. OHG. s[=u]ft[=o]n, s[=u]ftj[=o]n, to sigh, MHG. siuften, siufzen, G. seufzen, MHG. s[=u]ft a sigh, properly, a drawing in of breath, from s[=u]fen to drink, OHG. s[=u]fan. Cf. {Sup}.] To sigh with a sudden heaving of the breast, or with a kind of convulsive motion; to sigh with tears, and with a convulsive drawing in of the breath. [1913 Webster]

Sobbing is the same thing [as sighing], stronger. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

She sighed, she sobbed, and, furious with despair. She rent her garments, and she tore her hair. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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