Idioms

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.
SYNONYMS FOR cry
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for cry off (1 of 2)

cry off

verb

(intr) informal to withdraw from or cancel (an agreement or arrangement)

British Dictionary definitions for cry off (2 of 2)

cry

/ (kraɪ) /

verb cries, crying or cried


noun plural cries

Word Origin for cry

C13: from Old French crier, from Latin quirītāre to call for help
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Idioms and Phrases with cry off

cry off

Break or withdraw from a promise or agreement, as in We thought we'd bought the car, but the owner cried off at the last minute. [Late 1700s]


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