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CRYING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does crying mean? 

CRYING (noun)
  The noun CRYING has 1 sense:

1. the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)

  Familiarity information: CRYING used as a noun is very rare.


CRYING (adjective)
  The adjective CRYING has 3 senses:

1. noisy with or as if with loud cries and shouts
2. demanding attention
3. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

  Familiarity information: CRYING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRYING (noun)


Sense 1crying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

crying; tears; weeping

Context examples:

I hate to hear the crying of a child / she was in tears

Hypernyms ("crying" is a kind of...):

activity; bodily function; bodily process; body process (an organic process that takes place in the body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crying"):

snivel; sniveling (whining in a tearful manner)

sob; sobbing (convulsive gasp made while weeping)

bawling; wailing (loud cries made while weeping)


CRYING (adjective)


Sense 1crying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Noisy with or as if with loud cries and shouts

Synonyms:

crying; shouting; yelling

Context examples:

a crying mass of rioters / shouting fans / the yelling fiend

Similar:

noisy (full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds)


Sense 2crying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Demanding attention

Synonyms:

exigent; insistent; crying; clamant; instant

Context examples:

clamant needs / a crying need / regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous / insistent hunger / an instant need

Similar:

imperative (requiring attention or action)


Sense 3crying [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

Synonyms:

egregious; flagrant; glaring; rank; crying; gross

Context examples:

a crying shame / an egregious lie / flagrant violation of human rights / a glaring error / gross ineptitude / gross injustice / rank treachery

Similar:

conspicuous (obvious to the eye or mind)


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