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These verbs mean to express strong emotion, such as grief, misery, or pain, by shedding tears or making inarticulate sounds. Cry and weep both involve the shedding of tears: "She cried without trying to suppress any of the noisier manifestations of grief and confusion" (J. D. Salinger). "I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone" (Theodore Roethke).
Wail and bawl refer to loud sustained utterance, as in grief, misery, or fear: "The women ... began to wail together; they mourned with shrill cries" (Joseph Conrad). "Her voice was always hoarse. Her Dad said this was because she had bawled so much when she was a baby" (Carson McCullers).
Keen refers more specifically to wailing and lamentation for the dead: "It is the wild Irish women keening over their dead" (George A. Lawrence).
Sob describes weeping or a mixture of broken speech and weeping marked by convulsive breathing or gasping: "sobbing and crying, and wringing her hands as if her heart would break" (Laurence Sterne).
Blubber refers to noisy shedding of tears accompanied by broken or inarticulate speech: "When he drew out what had been a fiddle, crushed to morsels in the greatcoat, he blubbered aloud" (Emily Brontë).
v. cried, cry•ing, v.i.
Cryof players: actors collectively-Lipton. Also, a cry of hounds.
Cry can be a verb or a noun. The other forms of the verb are cries, crying, cried. The plural of the noun is cries.
If you cry, tears come out of your eyes because you are unhappy, afraid, or in pain.
In conversation, you can say that someone has a cry.
Weep means the same as cry. Weep is an old-fashioned word which is now used only in stories. The past tense and past participle of weep is wept, not 'weeped'.
In a story, if someone cries something, they shout it.
A cry is something that someone shouts.
Past participle: cried
|Noun||1.||cry - a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"|
bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, yowl, roar, roaring - a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal); "his bellow filled the hallway"
blue murder - an extravagantly loud outcry; "she screamed blue murder"
catcall - a cry expressing disapproval
clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry, clamor - loud and persistent outcry from many people; "he ignored the clamor of the crowd"
halloo - a shout to attract attention; "he gave a great halloo but no one heard him"
hoot - a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
hosanna - a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
noise - a loud outcry of protest or complaint; "the announcement of the election recount caused a lot of noise"; "whatever it was he didn't like it and he was going to let them know by making as loud a noise as he could"
scream, screaming, shriek, shrieking, screech, screeching - sharp piercing cry; "her screaming attracted the neighbors"
whoop - a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
battle cry, war whoop, rallying cry, war cry - a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
yodel - a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
|2.||cry - a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); "a cry of rage"; "a yell of pain"|
complaint - (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
|3.||cry - a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"|
|4.||cry - a fit of weeping; "had a good cry"|
|5.||cry - the characteristic utterance of an animal; "animal cries filled the night"|
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
baa - the cry made by sheep
bark - the sound made by a dog
bay - the sound of a hound on the scent
bleat - the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)
bray - the cry of an ass
cackle - the sound made by a hen after laying an egg
caterwaul - the yowling sound made by a cat in heat
caw - the sound made by corvine birds
coo - the sound made by a pigeon
crow - the cry of a cock (or an imitation of it)
gobble - the characteristic sound made by a turkey cock
honk - the cry of a goose (or any sound resembling this)
howl - the long plaintive cry of a hound or a wolf
moo - the sound made by a cow or bull
roar - the sound made by a lion
|Verb||1.||cry - utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"|
call - utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"
cry out, exclaim, call out, outcry, shout, cry - utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
hollo - cry hollo
hurrah - shout `hurrah!'
halloo - shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
whoop - shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm; "The children whooped when they were led to the picnic table"
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
ululate, wail, yaup, yawl, howl, roar - emit long loud cries; "wail in self-pity"; "howl with sorrow"
|2.||cry - shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"|
cry - bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"
bawl - cry loudly; "Don't bawl in public!"
tear - fill with tears or shed tears; "Her eyes were tearing"
sob - weep convulsively; "He was sobbing inconsolably"
blub, blubber, sniffle, snivel, snuffle - cry or whine with snuffling; "Stop snivelling--you got yourself into this mess!"
|3.||cry - utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"|
gee - give a command to a horse to turn to the right side
aah, ooh - express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'; "They oohed and aahed when they unwrapped the presents"
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
give tongue to, utter, express, verbalise, verbalize - articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"
call out - call out loudly, as of names or numbers
|4.||cry - proclaim or announce in public; "before we had newspapers, a town crier would cry the news"; "He cried his merchandise in the market square"|
|5.||cry - demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"|
|6.||cry - utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"|
|7.||cry - bring into a particular state by crying; "The little boy cried himself to sleep"|
weep, cry - shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"
weep laugh, giggle, chuckle, snigger, chortle, snicker
shout whisper, mutter, murmur, mumble, drone, speak in hushed tones, speak softly, utter indistinctly
to give a cry of surprise → dar un grito de sorpresa
"jobs, not bombs" was their cry → su grito de guerra fue -trabajo sí, bombas no
a cry for help (lit) → un grito de socorro or auxilio (fig) → una llamada de socorro or auxilio
the hounds were in full cry → los perros seguían de cerca la presa
the crowd was in full cry after him → la multitud lo perseguía con gritos
the newspapers are in full cry over the scandal → la prensa ha puesto el grito en el cielo por el escándalo
see also far B
they are crying for his resignation → piden a gritos que dimita
he cried (out) with pain → dio un grito de dolor
to cry for help/mercy → pedir socorro/clemencia a voces
he was crying for his mother → lloraba por su madre
I cried for joy → lloraba de alegría
she was crying with rage → lloraba de rabia
I laughed till I cried → terminé llorando de la risa
I'll give him something to cry about! → le voy a dar de qué llorar
to cry over sth → llorar por algo
it's no good crying over spilt milk → a lo hecho, pecho
see also shoulder A1
to cry out against → protestar contra, poner el grito en el cielo por
the system is crying out for reform (fig) → el sistema pide la reforma a gritos or necesita urgentemente reformarse
this car is crying out to be resprayed → este coche está pidiendo a gritos una mano de pintura
for crying out loud! → ¡por Dios!
The baby's crying → Le bébé pleure.
What are you crying about? → Pourquoi pleures-tu?
to cry one's eyes out → pleurer toutes les larmes de son corps
It seems a far cry from the day when
BUT Il semble loin le temps où.
to give a cry → emettere un grido
a cry for help → un grido di aiuto
it's a far cry from ... (fig) → è tutt'un'altra cosa da...
"jobs, not bombs" was their cry → "lavoro non bombe" era il loro slogan
he cried (out) with pain → urlò di dolore
to cry for help → gridare aiuto
to cry for mercy → invocare pietà
what are you crying about? → perché piangi?
the child was crying for his mother → il bambino piangeva perché voleva la mamma
I laughed till I cried → risi fino alle lacrime
I'll give him something to cry about! (fam) → glielo darò io un motivo per piangere!
it's no good crying over spilt milk (fig) → è inutile piangere sul latte versato
this car is crying out to be resprayed (fam) → questa macchina ha un gran bisogno di essere riverniciata