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

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.

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 out

cry out

verb (intr, adverb)

to scream or shout aloud, esp in pain, terror, etc
(often foll by for) informal to demand in an obvious mannerour inner cities are crying out for redevelopment
for crying out loud informal an exclamation of anger or dismay

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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Word Origin and History for cry out
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