What does crine mean?
On social media, especially Twitter, crine is used as an alternate spelling of cryin' (crying), as in "for crine out loud". Crine can also refer to "hair" or a "head of hair." In Scottish English, crine means "to shrink or shrivel," especially with age or heat, or "to dry up."
Examples of crine
Where does crine come from?
In Scottish English (Scots), crine means “to shrink” or “shrivel.” The word comes from the Scottish Gaelic word crìon, “to wither.” This word is recorded in the early 16th century. Some variant forms are kreen, cryne, and crein.
All hail our Red King peasants who cannot understand him Crine – Dry-up, shrink and shrivel. Our Red King is so awesome haters Crine – dry-up shrink and shrivel.
— #TheRiseofPhoenixes Season 2 please! #WINNER (@jeeneeewoo) December 30, 2017
Besides these older uses of the word crine, the word was used as an alternate spelling of cryin’ (a colloquial pronunciation of crying, with the spelling based on sound) by at least 1997. Initially, the spelling crine for cryin’ was humorously associated with Texas dialects, and later, Black English.
By the 2000s, crine had spread more widely on social media and was commonly found on sites like Twitter and in memes.
Who uses crine?
Crine, for “hair,” has largely fallen out of use, and the meaning “to shrivel,” is also becoming increasingly rare. So, expect to encounter crine as a spelling of cryin’.
The “crying” crine is closely associated with Black Twitter. Online, people may spell cryin’ as crine for humorous (or dramatic) effect, often to express cry-laughing.
😂😂😂😂😂 crine nijae got me in tears 😭 she said she look like winnie the Pooh
— 🐝ee (@_LetsBEEreal) January 10, 2019
It’s frequently found in the expression I’m crine, as in a person “crying” from some overwhelming feeling–usually as laughter, excitement, happiness, and occasionally empathy and sadness.
I’m really crine at them dates doe 🤣 pic.twitter.com/yZKDNiyN1J
— Famouslos32 (@famouslos32) January 14, 2019
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