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adjective cry·ing \ˈkrī-iŋ\

Definition of crying

  1. 1 :  calling for notice <a crying need>

  2. 2 :  notorious, heinous <a crying shame>



Examples of crying in a sentence

  1. <a crying need for more activities for young people in this town>



Circa 1605

First Known Use of crying

circa 1605

Rhymes with crying




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