Definition of crying in English:



  • attributive Very great.

    ‘it would be a crying shame to let it all go to waste’
    • ‘Given our fast-degenerating communal scenario, there is a crying need to dispel the multiplying misunderstandings about each other.’
    • ‘I've decided that not going there would be a crying shame.’
    • ‘There is a crying need to debunk the myths surrounding the entire ideology: the sooner the better.’
    • ‘There is a crying need for a wider selection of candidates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But this is too often background music, and that's a crying shame.’
    • ‘I believe this was a strong bid and it is a crying shame that it has been unsuccessful.’
    • ‘They just don't make films like this anymore, and it's a crying shame.’
    • ‘It would be a crying shame if the carnival disappeared all because of the fear of what might happen.’
    • ‘That anyone would call this a victory is a crying shame.’
    • ‘It would be a crying shame for the Council to sell it.’
    • ‘Some businesses will not recover at all, and it's a crying shame.’
    • ‘It would be a crying shame if they were to vanish.’
    • ‘It's a crying shame that the city can't find a way to promote the environment without penalising tourism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘And there is a crying need for fundamental reform in that area.’
    • ‘There obviously is a crying need for a reform of the law.’
    • ‘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.’
    tearful, weeping, teary, with tears in one's eyes, close to tears, on the verge of tears, sobbing, snivelling, whimpering
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