a drop of liquid that comes out of your eye when you cry A tear rolled down his face. She left the room in tears (= crying). He suddenly burst into tears(= began to cry). As he listened to the music, his eyes filled with tears. Their story will move you to tears (= make you cry). They reduced her to tears (= made her cry, especially by being cruel or unkind). Ann wiped a tear from her eye. The memory brought a tear to her eye (= made her cry). Most of the audience was on the verge of tears. I was close to tears as I told them the news. Desperately she fought back the tears (= tried not to cry). to shed tears of happiness tears of pain, joy, etc. The tears welled up in his eyes. Word Origin Old English tēar, of Germanic origin; related to German Zähre, from an Indo-European root shared by Old Latin dacruma (Latin lacrima) and Greek dakru.Extra examples He came to me in tears. He could never read the letter without tears coming to his eyes. He had to fight back tears of frustration. He shed no tears for his lost youth. He turned away to hide his tears. Her cheeks were wet with tears. Her eyes were blinded by scalding tears. Her tears brimmed over and fell on her cheek. Her tears spilled over her cheeks. His eyes filled with sudden tears. His eyes were bright with unshed tears. His father’s angry shouting reduced the little boy to tears. I couldn’t stop the tears. I picked the little girl up and helped dry her tears. I saw it all through a mist of tears. I wiped a stray tear from my eye. I won’t shed any tears when Frank retires. It brings tears to your eyes to see the children having such fun. It turned out to be a lot of tears over nothing. More than once I came near to tears. She broke down in tears in court. She felt tears pricking her eyelids. She ran out of the room, tears streaming from her eyes. She tried to smile through her tears. She wept silent tears when she heard his name. Tears blurred his vision. Tears stood in Oliver’s eyes. Tears streaked her face. There are times when suffering may be too deep for tears. There were angry tears in Lily’s eyes. They weep crocodile tears for the poor and disadvantaged but are basically happy with things as they are. They weep crocodile tears for the poor, but do nothing to help. We were in floods of tears at the end of the film. tears of happiness A tear rolled down his face. Desperately she fought back the tears. He suddenly burst into tears. I was close to tears as I told them the news. Most of the audience were on the verge of tears. She left the room in tears. The memory brought a tear to her eye. Their story will move you to tears They reduced her to tears.