cry·​ba·​by | \ ˈkrī-ˌbā-bē How to pronounce crybaby (audio) \

Definition of crybaby

: one who cries or complains easily or often

Examples of crybaby in a Sentence

“Don't be such a crybaby,” she told her little sister. car trips that were often spoiled by a couple of crybabies in the back seat
Recent Examples on the Web Ermengarde, the school dunce, Lottie, the school crybaby, and Becky, the scullery maid, quickly find a defender, surrogate mother, and friend in Sara. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 13 Mar. 2022 The latest to make his appearance — excuse me, reappearance — in the crybaby ranks is former hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman, 78, whose net worth is pegged by Forbes at $2.5 billion. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 But there’s nothing new under the sun: Hawley is facing some feather-soft consequences for his actions, and The New York Post’s front page is conveniently available for his crybaby act. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 26 Jan. 2021 The ostensibly proper balance — confident and strong but not arrogant and aggressive, sensitive without being a crybaby — is subjective and murky. Teddy Wayne, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2020 Are any of these crybabies going to pull out his, her, or their checkbooks to support the Whitney? Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Jan. 2020 Super-deep repertoire of falls and flails, plus a classic crybaby Flop Face. Scott Ostler,, 18 Dec. 2019 One is a petulant, frowny-faced, tantrum-throwing crybaby who has never been held accountable for anything. J.d. Crowe |, al, 13 Dec. 2019 Yes, there are new creatures including Sobble, described by the company as a crybaby. Get it: Sob-ble? Harold Goldberg, Washington Post, 18 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of crybaby

1851, in the meaning defined above

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“Crybaby.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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cry·​ba·​by | \ ˈkrī-ˌbā-bē How to pronounce crybaby (audio) \
plural crybabies

Kids Definition of crybaby

: a person who cries easily or who complains often

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