from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of sob.
  • n. Action of the verb to sob.
  • adj. That or who sobs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A series of short, convulsive inspirations, the glottis being suddenly closed so that little or no air enters into the lungs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who sobs; a series of sobs or sounds of a similar nature.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. convulsive gasp made while weeping


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