noun, plural cry·ba·bies.

a person, especially a child, who cries readily for very little reason.
a person who complains too much, usually in a whining manner.

verb (used without object), cry·ba·bied, cry·ba·by·ing.

Also cry-ba·by. to cry or complain easily or often.

Origin of crybaby

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; cry + baby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for crybaby

wimp, whiner, sissy, critic, complainer, softy, wuss, faultfinder, griper

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noun plural -bies

a person, esp a child, given to frequent crying or complaint
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Word Origin and History for crybaby

1851, American English, from cry + baby (n.).

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