Nearby words

  1. cruzan,
  2. cruzeiro,
  3. cruzeiro real,
  4. cruzie,
  5. crwth,
  6. cry down,
  7. cry for,
  8. cry havoc,
  9. cry off,
  10. cry on someone's shoulder


Origin of cry

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English crien < Anglo-French, Old French crier < Vulgar Latin *crītāre for Latin quirītāre to cry out in protest, make a public cry; associated by folk etymology with Quirītēs Quirites; (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French cri, noun derivative of the v.

Related formscoun·ter·cry, noun, plural coun·ter·cries.

Synonym study

3. Cry, shout, bellow, roar refer to kinds of loud articulate or inarticulate sounds. Cry is the general word: to cry out. To shout is to raise the voice loudly in uttering words or other articulate sounds: He shouted to his companions. Bellow refers to the loud, deep cry of a bull, moose, etc., or, somewhat in deprecation, to human utterance that suggests such a sound: The speaker bellowed his answer. Roar refers to a deep, hoarse, rumbling or vibrant cry, often of tumultuous volume: The crowd roared approval. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cry

British Dictionary definitions for cry


verb cries, crying or 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

noun plural cries

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
  1. a long way
  2. something very different
in full cry (esp of a pack of hounds) in hot pursuit of a quarry

Word Origin for cry

C13: from Old French crier, from Latin quirītāre to call for help

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Word Origin and History for cry
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