When you're really sad and/or heartbroken to the point where you would start crying, but you don't shed any tears.
Ella started dry sobbing into her friend's shoulder.

Karina hugged her friend Joanna as she dry sobbed into her arms.
by ThatFluffyUnicorn December 02, 2015
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When you are very upset sometimes even distraught and you are sobbing but the tears don’t spill over.
He was dry sobbing at 2 AM
by Bebea💜ARMY💜 April 18, 2021
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