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
  • 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...

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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.

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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.

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  • 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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