verb (used without object), cried, cry·ing.
verb (used with object), cried, cry·ing.
noun, plural cries.
- a pack of hounds.
- a continuous baying of a hound or a pack in following a scent.
Origin of cry
Synonyms for cry
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
"It's the way you're treating me," he cried, with a clumsy man's awkward attempt at gesture.Viviette
William J. Locke
But she had to; and she was sent out of the room because she cried.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
verb cries, crying or cried
noun plural cries
- a long way
- something very different
Word Origin for cry
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.).