Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To sob or shed tears because of grief, sorrow, or pain; weep.
  • intransitive v. To call loudly; shout.
  • intransitive v. To utter a characteristic sound or call. Used of an animal.
  • intransitive v. To demand or require immediate action or remedy: grievances crying out for redress.
  • transitive v. To utter loudly; call out.
  • transitive v. To proclaim or announce in public: crying one's wares in the marketplace.
  • transitive v. To bring into a particular condition by weeping: cry oneself to sleep.
  • transitive v. Archaic To beg for; implore: cry forgiveness.
  • n. A loud utterance of an emotion, such as fear, anger, or despair.
  • n. A loud exclamation; a shout or call.
  • n. A fit of weeping: had a good long cry.
  • n. An urgent entreaty or appeal.
  • n. A public or general demand or complaint.
  • n. A common view or general report.
  • n. An advertising of wares by calling out: venders' cries at the fish market.
  • n. A rallying call or signal: a cry to arms.
  • n. A slogan, especially a political one.
  • n. The characteristic call or utterance of an animal.
  • n. The baying of hounds during the chase.
  • n. A pack of hounds.
  • n. Obsolete Clamor; outcry.
  • n. Obsolete A public announcement; a proclamation.
  • cry down To belittle or disparage.
  • cry off To break or withdraw from a promise, agreement, or undertaking.
  • cry up To praise highly; extol.
  • idiom cry havoc To sound an alarm; warn.
  • idiom eyes To weep inconsolably for a long time.
  • idiom cry on (someone's) shoulder To tell one's problems to someone else in an attempt to gain sympathy or consolation.
  • idiom cry over spilled milk To regret in vain what cannot be undone or rectified.
  • idiom cry wolf To raise a false alarm.
  • idiom for crying out loud Used to express annoyance or astonishment: Let's get going, for crying out loud!
  • idiom in full cry In hot pursuit, as hounds hunting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shed tears; to weep.
  • v. To shout, scream, yell.
  • n. A shedding of tears; the act of crying.
  • n. A shout or scream.
  • n. Words shouted or screamed.
  • n. A group of hounds.
  • n. A typical sound made by the species in question.
  • n. A desperate or urgent request.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A loud utterance; especially, the inarticulate sound produced by one of the lower animals.
  • n. Outcry; clamor; tumult; popular demand.
  • n. Any expression of grief, distress, etc., accompanied with tears or sobs; a loud sound, uttered in lamentation.
  • n. Loud expression of triumph or wonder or of popular acclamation or favor.
  • n. Importunate supplication.
  • n. Public advertisement by outcry; proclamation, as by hawkers of their wares.
  • n. Common report; fame.
  • n. A word or phrase caught up by a party or faction and repeated for effect.
  • n. A pack of hounds.
  • n. A pack or company of persons; -- in contempt.
  • n. The crackling noise made by block tin when it is bent back and forth.
  • intransitive v. To make a loud call or cry; to call or exclaim vehemently or earnestly; to shout; to vociferate; to proclaim; to pray; to implore.
  • intransitive v. To utter lamentations; to lament audibly; to express pain, grief, or distress, by weeping and sobbing; to shed tears; to bawl, as a child.
  • intransitive v. To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals.
  • transitive v. To utter loudly; to call out; to shout; to sound abroad; to declare publicly.
  • transitive v. To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping.
  • transitive v. To make oral and public proclamation of; to declare publicly; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, ets.
  • transitive v. to publish the banns of, as for marriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To speak earnestly or with a loud voice; call loudly; exclaim or proclaim with vehemence, as in an earnest appeal or prayer, in giving public notice, or to attract attention: with to or unto, formerly sometimes on or upon, before the person addressed.
  • Specifically, to call for or require redress or remedy; appeal; make a demand.
  • To utter a loud, sharp, or vehement inarticulate sound, as a dog or other animal.
  • To call out or exclaim inarticulately; make an inarticulate outcry, as a person under excitement of any kind; especially, to utter a loud sound of lamentation or suffering, such as is usually accompanied by tears.
  • Hence To weep; shed tears, whether with or without sound.
  • To bid at an auction.
  • To revert to an ancestral type. See extract.
  • To complain loudly; utter lamentations; expostulate: often with against.
  • To be in childbirth.
  • To utter loudly; sound or noise abroad; proclaim; declare loudly or publicly.
  • To give notice regarding; advertise by crying; hawk: as, to cry a lost child; to cry goods.
  • To publish the banns of; advertise; the marriage of.
  • To call.
  • To demand; call for.
  • To overbear; put down.
  • To raise the price of by proclamation: as, to cry up certain coins.
  • n. Any loud or passionate utterance; clamor; outcry; a vehement expression of feeling or desire, articulate or inarticulate: as, a cry of joy, triumph, surprise, pain, supplication, etc.
  • n. A loud inarticulate sound uttered by man or beast, as in pain or anger, or to attract attention.
  • n. Loud lamentation or wailing; hence, the act of weeping; a fit of weeping.
  • n. Public notice or advertisement by outcry, as hawkers give of their wares; proclamation, as by a town crier.
  • n. Public or general accusation; evil report or fame.
  • n. A pack of dogs.
  • n. Hence In contempt, a pack or company of persons.
  • n. A word or phrase used in battle, as a shout to encourage or rally soldiers; a battle-cry or war-cry.
  • n. A party catchword; an object for the attainment of which insistence and iteration are employed for partizan purposes; some topic, event, etc., which is used, or the importance of which is magnified, in a partizan manner.
  • n. The peculiar crackling noise made by metallic tin when bent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  • v. bring into a particular state by crying
  • v. utter a sudden loud cry
  • n. a fit of weeping
  • v. utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
  • n. a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
  • v. demand immediate action
  • n. a slogan used to rally support for a cause
  • v. utter a characteristic sound
  • v. proclaim or announce in public
  • v. shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
  • n. the characteristic utterance of an animal

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *krītanan (“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 𐌺𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (kreitan, "to cry, scream, call out"), Middle Irish grith ("a cry"), Welsh gryd ("a scream"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He may only cry in the wilderness, but at all events he will _cry_, and he will cry of that highest thing his heart knows.

    Spiritual Reformers in the 16th & 17th Centuries

  • Often I wer so tired that Father'd hae to call me a dozen times afore I cude wake up, an 'then I'd cry, _cry_, if I wer ten minutes laate to work -- when I had summut to du on land, that was.

    A Poor Man's House

  • It isn't that these old arms ache for them, that this rather tired heart weakens when they cry for God knows what, and modern science says let them _cry_!

    The Danger Mark

  • I didn't do anything but cry -- _cry_, Harold, just as if I didn't like things.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch

  • Just awesome. datz funny but poor smiley * cry cry* still funny and like so much better den anything ive ever done (mostly cuz i dont gotz talent like u im more ov a drawerer) anyhoo awsomeness and yeah ... * smiles*

    Popular in the last 8 hours

  • OMFG my life i horrible i need therapy, * cry, cry, cry* ". .but it would be nice to have someone I can tell these things to. i'm done.

    Reasons why I think I need therapy...

  • Whether it be that the air of Auchtertool suits me better than that of Aberdour, or that having my kind little cousins within cry is a wholesome diversion, or that it required a continuance of country air to act upon my feebleness, I am not competent to say, nor is it of the slightest earthly consequence what the cause is, so that the effect has been as I tell you.

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • Here arises what I call the cry of the "cap and ... business wolves."

    Bill Chameides: Cap and Trade Part 2: Walking the International Tightrope

  • QUEST: That's what you call a cry of enthusiasm over that.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2003

  • "Ah, that's what I call cry-baby talk," said the old ruffian; "I always say that if a thing is worth doing at all, it is worth doing thoroughly."

    The Silent Isle

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  • That is an amazing quote c_b. I wonder why I have never come across it before.

    August 4, 2009

  • prayer

    July 22, 2009

  • C_b, same here. It's not the happiest sentiment, but I find it beautiful because it's true--a comment on the human condition. :-)

    October 20, 2008

  • c_b: It is beautiful. Thanks for posting it.

    October 19, 2008

  • It made me cry because it's true, not because it's depressing. I thought it was the loveliest bit of prose I'd read in a long, long time.

    October 19, 2008

  • I'll pass.

    October 19, 2008

  • I think crying is healthy. Depending on the reason behind it, I have been known to enjoy it. I pick movies purely because I know they'll make me cry.

    Besides, if I didn't let myself cry to release the stress occasionally (increasingly, as the end of highschool and my exams draw nearer, tbh), I'd be a wreck.

    Obviously if there's something unpleasant making you cry, that's not a good thing. But tears come hand-in-hand with so many emotions that I think the worst thing about crying is that it messes up your make-up.

    P.S. That quote is pretty depressing, c_b.

    October 18, 2008

  • Actually the homepage looks fine on my laptop, which has a small screen. Maybe it's a browser problem?

    October 18, 2008

  • Yes, but howwidedoesithavetobetoletusenjoytheoldfashionedhomepage?

    October 18, 2008

  • Or use a wide screen.

    October 18, 2008

  • there is a way to fix it, at least partially...
    insert a long word (about 60 characters) in a comment.

    October 18, 2008

  • I hear ya, Lampbane. *sigh*

    October 18, 2008

  • The way the front page is all messed up right now makes me cry.

    October 18, 2008

  • I don't think crying is intrinsically bad. I just prefer not to.

    October 18, 2008

  • Why not? There's nothing intrinsically bad about crying. It's not my hobby or anything, but it's just an expression of emotion, like jumping for joy or punching something when angry. Emotion means you're alive, not numb. I don't think this quote that made me cry is something I should hate or avoid just because it's moving. If a book (or movie, or any piece of art or literature) can manage that, the author's done a helluva job; the purpose of such works is to elicit emotion from the viewer/reader.

    Besides, in my experience, telling someone not to cry is a sure recipe to make them do so—or else to make them fear crying as something more than what it is.

    October 18, 2008

  • cry

    October 18, 2008

  • Don't what?

    October 17, 2008

  • Don't.

    October 17, 2008

  • Sorry bearness, I kind of ruined the moment. Yes, a worthy citation. Thanks.

    October 16, 2008

  • What a great quote. If only I'd remembered it myself from when I read the book!

    October 16, 2008

  • I didn't get that either, for most of the book ("fingerpost"). Then I finally came across it--it was this same character speaking, actually--and didn't think to enter it here. I'll do so tonight.

    October 16, 2008

  • *is humbled*

    October 16, 2008

  • Ha!

    October 16, 2008

  • How else do fingerpuppets send greeting cards?

    October 16, 2008

  • Fingerpost?

    October 16, 2008

  • This quotation's on the cry page because that's what reading it made me do.

    "In my small way, I preserved and catalogued, and dipped into the vast ocean of learning that awaited, knowing all the time that the life of one man was insufficient for even the smallest part of the wonders that lay within. It is cruel that we are granted the desire to know, but denied the time to do so properly. We all die frustrated; it is the greatest lesson we have to learn."
    —Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost (New York: Riverhead Books, 1998), 554

    October 16, 2008