- to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears.
- to weep; shed tears, with or without sound.
- to call loudly; shout; yell (sometimes followed by out).
- to demand resolution or strongly indicate a particular disposition: The rise in crime cried out for greater police protection.
- to give forth vocal sounds or characteristic calls, as animals; yelp; bark.
- (of a hound or pack) to bay continuously and excitedly in following a scent.
- (of tin) to make a noise, when bent, like the crumpling of paper.
- to utter or pronounce loudly; call out.
- to announce publicly as for sale; advertise: to cry one's wares.
- to beg or plead for; implore: to cry mercy.
- to bring (oneself) to a specified state by weeping: The infant cried itself to sleep.
- the act or sound of crying; any loud utterance or exclamation; a shout, scream, or wail.
- clamor; outcry.
- a fit of weeping: to have a good cry.
- the utterance or call of an animal.
- a political or party slogan.
- battle cry.
- an oral proclamation or announcement.
- a call of wares for sale, services available, etc., as by a street vendor.
- public report.
- an opinion generally expressed.
- an entreaty; appeal.
- Fox Hunting.
- a pack of hounds.
- a continuous baying of a hound or a pack in following a scent.
- cry down, to disparage; belittle: Those people cry down everyone who differs from them.
- cry off, to break a promise, agreement, etc.: We made arrangements to purchase a house, but the owner cried off at the last minute.
- cry up, to praise; extol: to cry up one's profession.
- a far cry,
- quite some distance; a long way.
- only remotely related; very different: This treatment is a far cry from that which we received before.
- cry havoc. havoc(def 4).
- cry one's eyes/heart out, to cry excessively or inconsolably: The little girl cried her eyes out when her cat died.
- cry over spilled/spilt milk. milk(def 10).
- in full cry, in hot pursuit: The pack followed in full cry.
Origin of cry
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Examples from the Web for cry
“He turned pale, trembled to a great degree, was much agitated, and began to cry,” she told the court.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
The girls send a cry for help…the situation of these girls is distressing.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
Both the Ramos sons squeezed their eyes and lowered their heads, doing their best not to cry.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
The cry that rose up into the night signaled a moral indictment no matter what the grand jury had said.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
As cars approached a group of about 20 men and women, a cry went out: “Honk your horn!”Ferguson Protesters Harass Black Police, Call for Darren Wilson’s Death
November 21, 2014
Then came smoke, the smell of scorching linen, and a cry of horror from Celine.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The narrative was broken off short by a cry of jubilee in the court.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Her cry to the slave-holders, was ever like his to Pharaoh, "Let my people go!"Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Again came the cry, more gently, ending in a sort of sobbing monologue.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
For, if he could get shelter for three days, the hue and cry would subside.Way of the Lawless
- (intr) to utter inarticulate sounds, esp when weeping; sob
- (intr) to shed tears; weep
- (intr usually foll by out) to scream or shout in pain, terror, etc
- (tr often foll by out) to utter or shout (words of appeal, exclamation, fear, etc)
- (intr often foll by out) (of animals, birds, etc) to utter loud characteristic sounds
- (tr) to hawk or sell by public announcementto cry newspapers
- to announce (something) publicly or in the streets
- (intr foll by for) to clamour or beg
- Scot to call
- cry for the moon to desire the unattainable
- cry one's eyes out or cry one's heart out to weep bitterly
- cry quits or cry mercy to give up a task, fight, etc
- the act or sound of crying; a shout, exclamation, scream, or wail
- the characteristic utterance of an animal or birdthe cry of gulls
- Scot a call
- archaic an oral announcement, esp one made by town criers
- a fit of weeping
- hunting the baying of a pack of hounds hunting their quarry by scent
- a pack of hounds
- a far cry
- a long way
- something very different
- in full cry (esp of a pack of hounds) in hot pursuit of a quarry
Word Origin and History for cry
early 13c., "beg, implore," from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critare, from Latin quiritare "to wail, shriek" (source of Italian gridare, Old Spanish cridar, Spanish and Portuguese gritar), of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of quirritare "to squeal like a pig," from *quis, echoic of squealing, despite ancient folk etymology that traces it to "call for the help of the Quirites," the Roman constabulary. The meaning was extended 13c. to weep, which it largely replaced by 16c. Related: Cried; crying.
Most languages, in common with English, use the general word for "cry out, shout, wail" to also mean "weep, shed tears to express pain or grief." Romance and Slavic, however, use words for this whose ultimate meaning is "beat (the breast)," cf. French pleurer, Spanish llorar, both from Latin plorare "cry aloud," but probably originally plodere "beat, clap the hands." Also Italian piangere (cognate with French plaindre "lament, pity") from Latin plangere, originally "beat," but especially of the breast, as a sign of grief. U.S. colloquial for crying out loud is 1924, probably another euphemism for for Christ's sake.
late 13c., from cry (v.).