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All 3 letters words made out of cry

cry rcy cyr ycr ryc yrc

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Definitions and meaning of cry



From Middle English crien, from Old French crier (to announce publicly, proclaim, scream, shout) (whence Medieval Latin crīdō (to cry out, shout, publish, proclaim)), probably from Frankish *krītan (to cry, cry out, publish), from Proto-Germanic *krītaną (to cry out, shout), from Proto-Indo-European *greyd- (to shout). Cognate with Saterland Frisian kriete (to cry), Dutch krijten (to cry) and krijsen (to shriek), German Low German krieten (to cry, call out, shriek), German kreißen (to cry loudly, wail, groan), Gothic 𐌺𐍂𐌴𐌹𐍄𐌰𐌽 (kreitan, to cry, scream, call out), Latin gingrītus (the cackling of geese), Middle Irish grith (a cry), Welsh gryd (a scream), Persian گریه(gerye, to cry), Sanskrit क्रन्दन (krandana, cry, lamentation).


  • IPA(key): /kɹaɪ̯/
  • Homophone: krai
  • Rhymes: -aɪ


cry (third-person singular simple present cries, present participle crying, simple past and past participle cried)

  1. (intransitive) To shed tears; to weep.
  2. (transitive) To utter loudly; to call out; to declare publicly.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To shout, scream, yell.
  4. (intransitive) To utter inarticulate sounds, as animals do.
  5. (transitive) To cause to do something, or bring to some state, by crying or weeping.
  6. To make oral and public proclamation of; to notify or advertise by outcry, especially things lost or found, goods to be sold, auctioned, etc.
    • 1652, Richard Crashaw, The Beginning of Heliodorus
      Love is lost, and thus she cries him.
  7. Hence, to publish the banns of, as for marriage.
    • 1845, Sylvester Judd, Margaret: A Tale of the Real and the Ideal, Blight and Bloom; Including Sketches of a Place Not Before Described, Called Mons Christi
      I should not be surprised if they were cried in church next Sabbath.



  • bawl
  • blubber
  • sob
  • wail
  • weep
  • whimper
  • See also Thesaurus:weep
  • See also Thesaurus:shout


  • laugh

Derived terms



cry (plural cries)

  1. A shedding of tears; the act of crying.
    After we broke up, I retreated to my room for a good cry.
  2. A shout or scream.
    I heard a cry from afar.
  3. Words shouted or screamed.
    a battle cry
  4. A clamour or outcry.
  5. (collectively) A group of hounds.
    • 1667, Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II, in Edward Hawkins, The Poetical Works of John Milton: With Notes of Various Authors, Vol. I, W. Baxter, J. Parker, G. B. Whittaker (publs., 1824) pages 124 to 126, lines 648 to 659.
  6. (by extension, obsolete, derogatory) A pack or company of people.
  7. (of an animal) A typical sound made by the species in question.
    "Woof" is the cry of a dog, while "neigh" is the cry of a horse.
  8. A desperate or urgent request.
  9. (obsolete) Common report; gossip.

Derived terms

  • battle cry
  • hue and cry
  • war cry


See also

  • breastfeeding
  • crocodile tears


  • Webster, Noah (1828), “cry”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
  • “cry” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • cry in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.


  • Cyr, Cyr., RYC

Middle French


From Old French cri.


cry m (plural crys)

  1. cry; shout


  • French: cri



Middle English, from Old French crier.


cry (third-person singular simple present cries, present participle cryin, simple past cried, past participle cried)

  1. to call, to give a name to
    • A body whit studies the history is cried a historian an aw.

  • to utter a sound of distress or to weep.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)