Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[krahy-er] /ˈkraɪ ər/
a person who cries.
a court or town official who makes public announcements.
a hawker.
Origin of crier
1250-1300; Middle English criere < Old French. See cry, -er1
Related forms
undercrier, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for crier
Historical Examples
  • The crier now passed down the village street, marshaling all the riders for the chase.

  • He looked at the crier, dumb for a minute, and then called him back quickly.

  • After hearing the report the directors sent the crier for the chiefs, who assembled at the Wacabe tent.

  • Upon this the crier turned to the girl, and asked her what she had to say to the matter.

  • Well, here is the Bellman and crier, calling the attention of the people to a description of a child that has been lost.

    City Scenes William Darton
  • It was adopted, and the crier once more summoned the young chief by name.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The spirit of the crier in the wilderness is upon you, and you keep at it until one of two things happens.

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
  • The crier of the court, a young negro, made his announcements.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • At last to urge his men to their utmost skill he bade his crier proclaim a new reward.

    Old Indian Legends Zitkala-Sa
  • The crier came up from where he was watching and handed the lighted pipe.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for crier


a person or animal that cries
(formerly) an official who made public announcements, esp in a town or court
a person who shouts advertisements about the goods he is selling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for crier

early 13c. as a surname; as an officer of the courts, late 13c., agent noun from cry (v.); town crier sense is late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for crier

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for crier

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for crier