Synonyms of cry in English:

cry


See definition of cry

verb

1‘Mandy's face crumpled and she started to cry’

SYNONYMS
weep, shed tears, sob, wail, be in tears, cry one's eyes out, cry one's heart out, cry as if one's heart would break, bawl, howl, snivel, whimper, whine, squall, mewl, bleat
lament, grieve, mourn, keen
Scottish greet
informal boohoo, blub, blubber, turn on the waterworks
British informal grizzle
literary pule, plain
ANTONYMS

laugh

2‘‘Wait!’ he cried’

SYNONYMS
call, shout, exclaim, sing out, yell, shriek, scream, screech, bawl, bellow, roar, whoop
yowl, squeal, yelp, yawp
informal holler, yoo-hoo, cooee
rare ejaculate, vociferate, ululate
ANTONYMS

whisper


noun

1‘Leonora had a good cry’

SYNONYMS
sob, weep, crying fit, fit of crying
weeping, sobbing, wailing, bawling, howling, snivelling, whimpering
ANTONYMS

laugh, laughter

2‘a cry of despair’

SYNONYMS
call, shout, exclamation, yell, shriek, scream, screech, bawl, bellow, roar, whoop
howl, yowl, squeal, yelp, yawp
ejaculation, interjection
informal holler
rare vociferation, ululation

3‘fundraisers have issued a cry for help’

SYNONYMS
appeal, plea, entreaty, urgent request, cry from the heart
cri de cœur

Phrases

    cry out for

    ‘the conduct chronicled in this report cries out for administrative action’


    SYNONYMS

    require, demand, need, necessitate, call for

    want

    cry off

    ‘he cried off at the last moment’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    back out, pull out, cancel, withdraw, beg off, excuse oneself

    change one's mind, go back on one's word, break one's promise

    informal

    get cold feet, cop out, wimp out

    North American informal

    crap out