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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 ?
It was this that must be most agreeable to the populace: therefore, they ranged, themselves immediately on the party of the aggressors against the archers, crying with the minority, which had become, thanks to them, the most compact majority: "Yes, yes: to the fire with the thieves
The mourner sat with bowed head, rocking her body heavily to and fro, and crying out in a high, strained voice that sounded like a dirge on some forlorn pipe.
Finally he took a wrong turn and ran a few steps past me, towards the hamlet, crying, "Johnny, Black Dog, Dirk," and other names, "you won't leave old Pew, mates--not old Pew
She was not alarmed to see a stranger crying on the nursery floor; she was only pleasantly interested.
O Peter, no wonder you were crying," she said, and got out of bed and ran to him.
I wasn't crying about mothers," he said rather indignantly.
A study from the University of Minnesota found crying lifts the mood of 88.
In a study published in the journal Animal Cognition, researchers at the University of London found that dogs were more likely to approach a crying person than someone who was either humming or talking, and that they normally responded to weeping with submissive behaviors.
Crying is considered the earliest and most basic mammalian vocalization (Newman, 2007).
The problem with this is that crying on the inside is like refusing to go to the bathroom.
Newborn crying jags are inevitable, but a crying baby can test your patience all the same.