Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

crying

play
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




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up crying? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to defraud especially of money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

oily angry maudlin prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ