- The definition of a cry is a shedding of tears or a calling out.
An example of a cry is a scream for help.
- Cry is defined as to shed tears or call out.
An example of to cry is to release tears after hearing sad news.
cry definition by Webster's New World
- to make a loud vocal sound or utterance; call out, as for help; shout
- to sob and shed tears, in expressing sorrow, pain, grief, etc.; weep
- to plead or clamor (for)
- to show or suggest a great need (for): problems crying for solution
- to utter its characteristic call: said of an animal
Origin: Middle English crien ; from Old French crier ; from Classical Latin quiritare, to wail, shriek (var. of quirritare, to squeal like a pig ; from an unverified form quis, echoic of a squeal); associated, association in ancient folk etymology with Classical Latin Quirites, Roman citizens (as if meaning “to call the Quirites,” implore their help)
- to plead or beg for: to cry quarter
- to utter loudly; shout; exclaim
- to call out (wares for sale, services offered, etc.); announce publicly
- to bring into a specified condition by crying: to cry oneself asleep
- a loud vocal sound expressing pain, anger, fright, joy, etc.
- any loud utterance; shout
- an announcement or advertisement called out publicly
- an urgent appeal; plea
- popular report; rumor; rallying call or battle cry; watchword
- the current opinion or fashion
- clamor of the people; public outcry
- a slogan
- a sobbing and shedding of tears; fit of weeping
- the characteristic vocal sound of an animal
- the baying of hounds in the chase
- a pack of hounds
Origin: ME & OFr cri < the v.
cry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb cried cried , cry·ing, cries cries verb, intransitive
- To sob or shed tears because of grief, sorrow, or pain; weep.
- To call loudly; shout.
- To utter a characteristic sound or call. Used of an animal.
- To demand or require immediate action or remedy: grievances crying out for redress.
- To utter loudly; call out.
- To proclaim or announce in public: crying one's wares in the marketplace.
- To bring into a particular condition by weeping: cry oneself to sleep.
- Archaic To beg for; implore: cry forgiveness.
- A loud utterance of an emotion, such as fear, anger, or despair.
- A loud exclamation; a shout or call.
- A fit of weeping: had a good long cry.
- An urgent entreaty or appeal.
- A public or general demand or complaint.
- A common view or general report.
- An advertising of wares by calling out: venders' cries at the fish market.
- A rallying call or signal: a cry to arms.
- A slogan, especially a political one.
- The characteristic call or utterance of an animal.
- a. The baying of hounds during the chase.b. A pack of hounds.
- Obsolete Clamor; outcry.
- Obsolete A public announcement; a proclamation.
Origin: Middle English crien, from Old French crier, from Vulgar Latin *critāre, from Latin quirītāre, to cry out, perhaps from Quirītēs, public officers to whom one would cry out in times of need.
cry - Phrases/Idioms
a far cry
- a great distance; long way
- a thing much different
cry in one's beer
cry one's eyes out
- to shout; yell
- to complain loudly
in full cry
cry on (someone's) shoulder
cry over spilled milk
for crying out loud
in full cry