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To cry, or to start crying - thesaurus

Synonyms

cry

verb

to have tears coming from your eyes, especially because you are sad

cry

verb

if a baby cries, it makes a loud noise because it is hungry or uncomfortable

burst out

to suddenly start laughing or crying

dissolve into

if you dissolve into something such as tears or laughter, you begin to cry or laugh in an uncontrolled way

weep

verb

to cry because you feel unhappy or have some other strong emotion

choke up

if someone chokes up, or if something chokes them up, they cannot speak because they are starting to cry

sob

verb

to cry noisily while taking short breaths

wail

verb

to shout or cry with a long high sound to show that you are in pain or are very sad

howl

verb

to cry very loudly in pain, anger, or sadness

snuff

verb

to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example when you smell something or when you are crying

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bawl

verb

to cry loudly, especially in a way that annoys other people

blubber

verb

informal to cry in a noisy and uncontrolled way

blubber

verb

informal to try to say something while you are crying

break down

to start crying, especially in public

cry on someone’s shoulder

to tell someone about all the things that are making you sad or upset. The person you are talking to is a shoulder to cry on

cry/weep buckets

to cry for a long time about something

cry your eyes/heart out

to cry in an uncontrolled way

grizzle

verb

British to cry quietly and continuously in an annoying way

in floods of tears

crying a lot

laughing/crying/coughing fit to /bust/burst

laughing/crying etc a lot

shed tears

to cry, or to feel very sad

sniffle

verb

to keep breathing in noisily through your nose, for example because you are crying or you have a cold

snivel

verb

showing disapproval to cry or to complain, especially in a way that seems weak or annoying

sob/cry your heart out

to cry a lot, because you are very upset

squall

verb

to cry loudly

turn on the waterworks

to start crying, especially in order to get someone’s sympathy

wail/howl/scream like a banshee

to make a lot of unpleasant noise by shouting or crying

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