- simple past tense and past participle of cry.
- 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
Synonyms for crySee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for criedmoan, sob, groan, wail, sigh, grieve, mourn, weep, complain, howl, fret, growl, exclaim, shout, whoop, cheer, holler, coo, bark, grunt
Examples from the Web for cried
Contemporary Examples of cried
Better to be a beggar in freedom,” he cried out, “than to be forced into compromises against my conscience.The Catholic Philosopher Who Took on Hitler
John Henry Crosby
December 26, 2014
Dr. Julie Bindeman, a married mom of three, cried as she told the story of her two abortions.Women Share Their Secret Abortion Stories For 1 in 3 Campaign
November 20, 2014
On stage, the smartly suited Mixner was both very funny and very serious, and he cried after confessing the mercy killings.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Giulavogui cried, 55 years old and less than a decade in America, but sounding like a Gotham newsboy from another era.From Ebola Country to NYC’s Subways
October 25, 2014
The man who would become the most influential fictionalist of the last half of the 20th century cried, “Ah, caramba!”Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of cried
Which was very ugly in me, and I cried afterwards and told her how sorry I was.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Here is somebody who will look at Hope," cried Kate, suddenly.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"I might have known you'd be the first," cried Grace with joyful affection.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
She hid her face on his breast against his tickly coat, and cried.
But she had to; and she was sent out of the room because she cried.
- (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 for cry
Word Origin and History for cried
past tense and past participle of cry (v.).
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.).