An example of to cry is to release tears after hearing sad news.
An example of a cry is a scream for help.
Vendors' cries at the fish market.
Grievances crying out for redress.
A cry to arms.
To cry quarter.
To cry oneself asleep.
That sad movie always makes me cry.
To cry oneself to sleep.
To cry goods.
After we broke up, I retreated to my room for a good cry.
A battle cry.
"Woof" is the cry of a dog, while "neigh" is the cry of a horse.
Crying one's wares in the marketplace.
Cry oneself to sleep.
Had a good long cry.
- To sound an alarm; warn.
- To weep inconsolably for a long time.
- To tell one's problems to someone else in an attempt to gain sympathy or consolation.
- To regret in vain what cannot be undone or rectified.
- To raise a false alarm.
- Used to express annoyance or astonishment:Let's get going, for crying out loud!.
- In hot pursuit, as hounds hunting.
- a great distance; long way
- a thing much different
- to belittle; disparage
- to lament or complain in a maudlin manner
- to withdraw from an agreement or undertaking
- to weep much and bitterly
- to shout; yell
- to complain loudly
- to shout praise of; praise highly
- in eager pursuit
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cry
- 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
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English crien, from Old French crier, ("to announce publicly, proclaim, scream, shout"; > Medieval Latin crīdāre (“to cry out, shout, publish, proclaim”)), from Frankish *krītan (“to cry, cry out, publish”), from Proto-Germanic *krītaną (“to cry out, shout”), from Proto-Indo-European *greyd- (“to shout”). Cognate with Dutch krijten (“to cry”), Middle Low German krīten (“to cry, call out, shriek”), German kreißen (“to cry loudly, wail, groan”), Gothic (kreitan, “to cry, scream, call out”), Middle Irish grith (“a cry”), Welsh gryd (“a scream”).