Meaning of crying in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrʌɪɪŋ/

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mass noun
  • 1The shedding of tears; weeping.

    • ‘the crying of a child was heard’
  • 2The making of a loud characteristic call by a bird or other animal.


  • 1Shedding tears; weeping.

    ‘a crying baby’
    • ‘The volume of traffic in that street daily is a crying shame and people who have to shop in the town centre are always on edge with the speed and volume of traffic.’
    • ‘It would be a crying shame if the carnival disappeared all because of the fear of what might happen.’
    • ‘It would be a crying shame for the Council to sell it.’
    • ‘Given our fast-degenerating communal scenario, there is a crying need to dispel the multiplying misunderstandings about each other.’
    • ‘And there is a crying need for fundamental reform in that area.’
    • ‘She added: ‘I wouldn't advise anyone to live round here and it's a crying shame because it used to be a lovely place.’’
    • ‘I've decided that not going there would be a crying shame.’
    • ‘That anyone would call this a victory is a crying shame.’
    • ‘There obviously is a crying need for a reform of the law.’
    • ‘It would be a crying shame if they were to vanish.’
    • ‘I believe this was a strong bid and it is a crying shame that it has been unsuccessful.’
    • ‘There is a crying need to debunk the myths surrounding the entire ideology: the sooner the better.’
    • ‘But this is too often background music, and that's a crying shame.’
    • ‘It is a crying shame there are not more people like him people who stand up for what they believe in and shame the councillors who sit on the fence and do not fight for their voters.’
    • ‘There is a crying need for a wider selection of candidates.’
    • ‘It's a crying shame that the city can't find a way to promote the environment without penalising tourism.’
    • ‘Some businesses will not recover at all, and it's a crying shame.’
    • ‘They just don't make films like this anymore, and it's a crying shame.’
    • ‘Is there anything that suggests to you a crying need to create a national curriculum?’
    • ‘There is a crying need for an imaginative debate about what future schooling could, and should, look like.’
    tearful, weeping, crying, teary, with tears in one's eyes, close to tears, on the verge of tears, sobbing, snivelling, whimpering
  • 2Very great or extreme.

    ‘it would be a crying shame to let it all go to waste’
    • ‘there is a crying need for books here’