Sobbing is "to cry noisily"—but it's a specific type of noise. It involves loud gasps, perhaps even causing the body to shake, like when a young child is very upset and their whole body shakes as they inhale.I am somewhat confused about the distinction between these two verbs. Do you make more noise when you cry or when you sob? Am I right to think that sobbing is more noisy than crying
greg from vancouver said:That's interesting because I would consider "sobbing" to be quiet, muffled crying, not noisy crying. I might say "that movie was so moving that I started sobbing a little", but I wouldn't mean that I was crying noisily.
Anyways, it's hard to argue with a dictionary!
I was actually unsure of my initial thought and went to the dictionary before posting My instinct was, much like Greg, that sobbing would be a quieter form of crying, but with the deep breaths and shaking. However, my New Oxford American Dictionary (since I don't have my BE Oxford concise handy) disagreesThanks to both of you. Curious tought, that you who are both Canadians, interpret the word differently