[krahy-ing] /ˈkraɪ ɪŋ/
demanding attention or remedy; critical; severe:
a crying evil.
reprehensible; odious; notorious:
a crying shame.
verb (used without object), cried, crying.
to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears.
to weep; shed tears, with or without sound.
to call loudly; shout; yell (sometimes followed by out).
to demand resolution or strongly indicate a particular disposition:
The rise in crime cried out for greater police protection.
to give forth vocal sounds or characteristic calls, as animals; yelp; bark.
(of a hound or pack) to bay continuously and excitedly in following a scent.
(of tin) to make a noise, when bent, like the crumpling of paper.
verb (used with object), cried, crying.
to utter or pronounce loudly; call out.
to announce publicly as for sale; advertise:
to cry one’s wares.
to beg or plead for; implore:
to cry mercy.
to bring (oneself) to a specified state by weeping:
The infant cried itself to sleep.
noun, plural cries.
the act or sound of crying; any loud utterance or exclamation; a shout, scream, or wail.
a fit of weeping:
to have a good cry.
the utterance or call of an animal.
a political or party slogan.
an oral proclamation or announcement.
a call of wares for sale, services available, etc., as by a street vendor.
an opinion generally expressed.
an entreaty; appeal.
cry down, to disparage; belittle:
Those people cry down everyone who differs from them.
cry off, to break a promise, agreement, etc.:
We made arrangements to purchase a house, but the owner cried off at the last minute.
cry up, to praise; extol:
to cry up one’s profession.
a far cry,
cry havoc. (def 4).
cry one’s eyes / heart out, to cry excessively or inconsolably:
The little girl cried her eyes out when her cat died.
cry over spilled / spilt milk. (def 10).
in full cry, in hot pursuit:
The pack followed in full cry.
(prenominal) notorious; lamentable (esp in the phrase crying shame)
verb cries, crying, cried
(intransitive) to utter inarticulate sounds, esp when weeping; sob
(intransitive) to shed tears; weep
(intransitive) usually foll by out. to scream or shout in pain, terror, etc
(transitive) often foll by out. to utter or shout (words of appeal, exclamation, fear, etc)
(intransitive) often foll by out. (of animals, birds, etc) to utter loud characteristic sounds
(transitive) to hawk or sell by public announcement: to cry newspapers
to announce (something) publicly or in the streets
(intransitive) foll by for. to clamour or beg
(Scot) to call
cry for the moon, to desire the unattainable
cry one’s eyes out, cry one’s heart out, to weep bitterly
cry quits, cry mercy, to give up a task, fight, etc
noun (pl) cries
the act or sound of crying; a shout, exclamation, scream, or wail
the characteristic utterance of an animal or bird: the cry of gulls
(Scot) a call
(archaic) an oral announcement, esp one made by town criers
a fit of weeping
(hunting) the baying of a pack of hounds hunting their quarry by scent
a pack of hounds
a far cry
in full cry, (esp of a pack of hounds) in hot pursuit of a quarry
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.).
for crying out loud
- Crying jag
noun phrase A fit of uncontrollable weeping, often accompanying drunkenness: Florence got regular crying jags, and the men sought to cheer and comfort her (1904+)
- Crying towel
A figurative towel for wiping the tears of a self-pitying individual. For example, So you didn’t make the first team? Get out the crying towel. This expression is always used sarcastically. [ ; 1920s ]
crymo- pref. Cold: crymotherapy.
crymophilic cry·mo·phil·ic (krī’mə-fĭl’ĭk) adj. Growing best at low temperatures. Used of microorganisms.