cry, weep, blubber, shed tears, snivel, whimper, sniff, snuffle, pule, wail, moan, boohoo, mewl, pule, bawl, howl, yowl:
The poor, lonely child sobbed quietly.
big, deep, great | little | loud | choked, hoarse, stifled, strangled | choking, gasping, gulping, racking, shuddering | occasional | dry
VERB + SOB
give, let out | be racked by/with, shake with
He was too racked by sobs to reply.
| choke back, stifle
Choking back a sob, she ran to her father's chair.
SOB + VERB
break from sb/sth, burst from sb/sth, escape sb/sth
A sob escaped her lips.
A choked sob rose in his throat.
A dry sob caught in her throat.
| rack sth, shake sth
Deep racking sobs shook his whole body.
SOB + NOUN
You can't expect me to believe this sob story!
‘I don't want to go!’ she got out between sobs.
| through ~s
He continued his story through stifled sobs.
| with a ~
‘Why didn't you tell me?’ she said with a sob.
| ~ from
a sob from George
| ~ of
a great sob of despair
a sob of despair/pain/relief
More information about SOUND
give a ~
The dog gave a low growl.
let out a ~
He let out a blood-curdling scream.
We heard the peal of church bells.
with a ~
The vase fell to the ground with a great crash.
a roar of laughtera snort of derisionthe whine of an engine
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