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 off

      ‘he cried off at the last moment’

      SYNONYMS

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

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

      get cold feet, cop out, wimp out

      North American

      crap out

    cry out for

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

      SYNONYMS

      require, demand, need, necessitate, call for

      want