Definition of crying adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkraɪɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkraɪɪŋ//
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  • [only before noun]
  • Idioms
    be a crying shame
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    (informal) used to emphasize that you think something is extremely bad or shocking It's a crying shame to waste all that food.
    a crying need (for something)
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    a great and urgent need for something There is a crying need for more funds.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crying