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crying (See cry)


1 a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience" [syn: outcry, call, yell, shout, vociferation]
2 a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain" [syn: yell]
3 a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'" [syn: war cry, rallying cry, battle cry, watchword]
4 a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"
5 the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"


1 utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me" [syn: shout, shout out, call, yell, scream, holler, hollo, squall]
2 shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs" [syn: weep] [ant: laugh]
3 utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost" [syn: exclaim, cry out, outcry, call out, shout]
4 proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a town cryer would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square" [syn: blazon out]
5 demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"
6 utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"
7 bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep" [also: cried, cryings (pl), crying (pl)]crying adj
1 noisy with or as if with loud cries and shouts; "a crying mass of rioters"; "a howling wind"; "shouting fans"; "the yelling fiend" [syn: howling, yelling, shouting]
2 demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need" [syn: clamant, exigent, insistent, instant]
3 conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery" [syn: crying(a), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rank] n : the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears" [syn: weeping, tears]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kɹaɪ̯.ɪŋ/


  1. That demands action or attention
    There is a crying need for more Romanian words in Wiktionary
  2. That deserves rebuke or censure
    It is a crying shame that there are so few Romanian words in Wiktionary


  1. present participle of cry

Extensive Definition

Crying is the production of tears in response to an emotion in humans. Crying may also refer to:
crying in Arabic: بكاء
crying in French: Crying
crying in Dutch: Huilen

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