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1. Demanding or requiring action or attention: a crying need.
2. Abominable; reprehensible: a crying shame.


(prenominal) notorious; lamentable (esp in the phrase crying shame)


(ˈkraɪ ɪŋ)

1. demanding attention or remedy: a crying evil.
2. abominable; flagrant: a crying shame.




  1. Bawling like sick monkeys —Henry Miller
  2. Cried naggingly, half-heartedly, like the grinding of a non-starting engine that has drained its battery —John Updike
  3. Cries out like an Arab, high wails like a dog or human in terrible pain. It rises and falls like sirens going by —Robert Campbell
  4. Cry, hopelessly and passively, like a child in a dentist’s waiting room —William Faulkner
  5. Cry like a rain-water spout in a shower —Charles Dickens
  6. Crying … muffled, like faraway nighttime waves —Z. Vance Wilson
  7. Crying out like an abandoned infant —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  8. (Gave a) cry like a startled sea gull —Oscar Wilde
  9. Her eyes [when she wept] were like syphon bottles under pressure —Erich Maria Remarque
  10. Her sob broke like a bubble on a pink geranium —John Malcolm Brinnin


  11. Kept on crying … like persistent rain —Elizabeth Spencer
  12. Like a waterpot I weep —A Broken-Hearted Gardener, anonymous nineteenth century verse
  13. A sad crying, like the birds going south for the winter to come —Ray Bradbury
  14. The shrill cry of the new-born … like the sound of the blade of a skate on ice —Angela Carter
  15. Sobbed … like an abandoned child —Maurice Hewlett
  16. A sob broke the surface like a bubble of air from the bottom of a pond —Sue Grafton
  17. Sobs … died off softly, like the intermittent drops that end a day of rain —Edith Wharton
  18. Sobs laboring like stones from her heaving breast —James Crumley
  19. Sobs rippled like convulsions through her slim body —James Crumley
  20. Thin cry [of a bluebird] like a needle piercing the ear —Theodore Roethke
  21. Wailed like an uneasy animal in pain —Kenneth Grahame
  22. Weeping like a calf —Francois Maspero
  23. Weeping raw as an open sausage —A. D. Winans
  24. Wept like a fountain —Erich Maria Remarque
  25. Wept like a gutter on a rainy day —Guy de Maupassant
  26. Wept like a woman deceived and forsaken by a lover —George Garrett
  27. Whimpers like a hurt dog —Robin McCorquodale
  28. Whine, as unctuous as old bacon grease —James Crumley
  29. (The twangy voice was beginning to) whine like a loosening guitar string —François Camoin
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crying - the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)crying - the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds); "I hate to hear the crying of a child"; "she was in tears"
snivel, sniveling - whining in a tearful manner
sobbing, sob - convulsive gasp made while weeping
bawling, wailing - loud cries made while weeping
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
Adj.1.crying - demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
2.crying - conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"
conspicuous - obvious to the eye or mind; "a tower conspicuous at a great distance"; "wore conspicuous neckties"; "made herself conspicuous by her exhibitionistic preening"


Compelling immediate attention:


A. ADJ [child] → que llora; (= whining) → llorón [need] → urgente
it's a crying shame (= pity) → es una verdadera lástima; (= outrage) → es una auténtica vergüenza
B. N (= weeping) → llanto m; (= sobbing) → lloriqueo m


[baby] → qui pleure
(as intensifier) a crying need for sth → un grand besoin de qch
it's a crying shame → c'est vraiment dommage
(= weeping) → pleurs mpl
for crying out loud! → bon sang!


adj (fig: = outrageous) injusticeschreiend; needdringend; it is a crying shamees ist jammerschade or ein Jammer
n (= weeping)Weinen nt; (of baby)Schreien nt


1. adj (child) → in lacrime, piangente (fam) (need) → disperato/a, urgente; (injustice) → palese
it's a crying shame → è una vera vergogna
2. n (weeping) → pianto
References in classic literature ?
Clasp your hands so, and stagger across the room, crying frantically, `Roderigo Save me
Beth clapped her hands, regardless of the biscuit she held, and Jo tossed up her napkin, crying, "A letter
She had been crying, I could see, but when I opened my eyes she smiled, peered at me anxiously, and sat down on the foot of my bed.
Turning, she thrust her face, steaming and wet, into the bend of her arm, and she went on crying there, not caring any longer to dry her face, her eyes, her arms.
Louis were in a body at the sally-port, with the French saint at their head, crying to speak a word under favor.
But he said I wasn't able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there; and I did not make out a very good case for myself, for I was crying before I had finished.
and over the whole city the bells scattered the blessed sounds, now slowly, now with livelier joy, now one bell alone, now all the bells together, crying earnestly,--"It is the Sabbath
Levelling his glass at this sight, ahab quickly revolved in his pivot-hole, crying, aloft there, and rig whips and buckets to wet the sails; --Malays, sir, and after us
But it was not so; in the evening poor Skye brought them back again, one by one in her mouth; not the happy little things that they were, but bleeding and crying pitifully; they had all had a piece of their tails cut off, and the soft flap of their pretty little ears was cut quite off.
The most common reasons for these crying "signals" are listed in his book, New Parent Advisor.
For the experts, the fact that pain is the most easily recognisable emotion can have an adaptive explanation, since crying is a warning of a potentially serious threat to health or survival and thus requires the carer to respond urgently.
She's appalled at this apparent lack of self-control, and it has got her thinking - we take crying for granted, but what do our tears really mean?