crying

adjective cry·ing \ ˈkrī-iŋ \

Definition of crying

1 : calling for notice
  • a crying need
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

First Known Use of crying

circa 1605

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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