crying definition by Webster's New World
- that cries
- demanding immediate notice or remedy: a crying need
crying definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Demanding or requiring action or attention: a crying need.
- Abominable; reprehensible: a crying shame.
crying - Phrases/Idioms
for crying out loud
Variant of cry
- 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.