[ krahy-ing ]
/ ˈkraɪ ɪŋ /


demanding attention or remedy; critical; severe: a crying evil.
reprehensible; odious; notorious: a crying shame.

Origin of crying

First recorded in 1300–50, crying is from the Middle English word cryenge. See cry, -ing2


cry·ing·ly, adverbun·cry·ing, adjective

Definition for crying (2 of 2)

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.


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

synonym study for cry

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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for crying (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkraɪɪŋ) /


(prenominal) notorious; lamentable (esp in the phrase crying shame)

British Dictionary definitions for crying (2 of 2)

/ (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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