Origin of crying
verb (used without object), cried, cry·ing.
verb (used with object), cried, cry·ing.
noun, plural cries.
- a pack of hounds.
- a continuous baying of a hound or a pack in following a scent.
Origin of cry
Synonyms for cry
Examples from the Web for crying
Contemporary Examples of crying
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.Will Chris Christie Regret His Cowboy Hug?
January 5, 2015
The “crying” incident is thought to have hurt Muskie in the primary--which he won handily, but with under 50 percent of the vote.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Teachers are told never to put an arm around a crying child.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
After my crying spell stopped, I gritted my teeth, tucked my crutch under my right arm, and turned to my husband.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Suddenly, you are crying, breathless, raging, and on quieter days just going through the motions.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of crying
Maggie had stood on the hearthrug, in her large white apron, crying.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
She dropped her head on his arm, and he saw that she was crying.
Her voice was muffled, and he knew then that she was crying.
She had come through so much that every nerve was crying in passionate protest.
If you have the pleasure of scolding, I surely can have that of crying.The Imaginary Invalid
verb cries, crying or cried
noun plural cries
- a long way
- something very different
Word Origin for cry
early 13c., "beg, implore," from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critare, from Latin quiritare "to wail, shriek" (source of Italian gridare, Old Spanish cridar, Spanish and Portuguese gritar), of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of quirritare "to squeal like a pig," from *quis, echoic of squealing, despite ancient folk etymology that traces it to "call for the help of the Quirites," the Roman constabulary. The meaning was extended 13c. to weep, which it largely replaced by 16c. Related: Cried; crying.
Most languages, in common with English, use the general word for "cry out, shout, wail" to also mean "weep, shed tears to express pain or grief." Romance and Slavic, however, use words for this whose ultimate meaning is "beat (the breast)," cf. French pleurer, Spanish llorar, both from Latin plorare "cry aloud," but probably originally plodere "beat, clap the hands." Also Italian piangere (cognate with French plaindre "lament, pity") from Latin plangere, originally "beat," but especially of the breast, as a sign of grief. U.S. colloquial for crying out loud is 1924, probably another euphemism for for Christ's sake.
late 13c., from cry (v.).