Google doesn't help much.

What are the sounds (written in words) that people usually use to express their crying/sobbing emotions such as in chat, social network?

For example if I say, "I am sad [sobbing]", this is ok but I want to replace it with sound to express more emotion.

In my own language "sig sig" would be the sound for sobbing but I guess if I wrote "sig sig", English speaker friends wouldn't understand me.

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    by the way onomatopoeia is the word you're looking for for words the represent the an actual sounds (eg. 'Boom!' 'Bang!' 'Clunk!' 'Clack!') Try attaching that to your google searches. – dwjohnston Jun 24 '15 at 3:13
  • I'm not aware of any terms in English that express sobbing/crying using onomatopoeia. (Except perhaps "waah".) – Hot Licks Jun 24 '15 at 3:13
  • Two words that you may like are 'weeping' and 'wailing' for sobbing and crying respectively. – Sourya Roy Jun 24 '15 at 7:59
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    You can use for eg. "Sniff,sniff,you wouldn't understand" If you want to use it in a sentence – user193665 Aug 29 '16 at 11:19


used to represent the sound of someone crying noisily.

For example, "Boohoo! I just lost my phone."

Blubber (informal)

cry noisily and uncontrollably; sob.

For example, "He was blubbering like a kid"


to cry out loudly and unrestrainedly.


to make a harsh cry (like a cat in heat).

Source: Oxford Dictionaries

Sniff sniff

This in fact is not a spoken word so much as a sound. It is the same sound made when someone is sniffing their nose as they are crying or trying to stop crying. The recovery sniffs is the sound you are mocking.

It is a sarcastic way to show someone you feel no pity for their situation.

Sob sob

A saying used when feeling unhappy or sad via text or email.

And then there are other ways to cry...


For crying there is "Waa" or "Waah", which is usually to represent a babies cry (ie. a howling cry, not sobbing).


Waaaa! I dropped my phone and broke the screen!

Waa waa, cry me a river.


In English, the sound of crying is often given as "boo hoo." It's often used sarcastically as well to floccinaucinihilipilificate a reported problem (e.g. "You lost a quarter? Well boo hoo for you.") but it is the onomatopoeia in English for crying aloud.

  • Holy cow that's an awesome word I'd never heard of. – dwjohnston Jun 24 '15 at 3:18
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    I have waited years for the chance to use it. – James McLeod Jun 24 '15 at 3:19


Definition of boohoo in English: exclamation

Used to represent the sound of someone crying noisily.

‘boohoo, nobody loves me!’


PS: An Onomatopoeia Dictionary can give you some more possibilities.

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