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Are you ‘wailing’ or ‘bawling’ or ‘sniffling’? Synonyms for ‘crying.’

To sob means to cry noisily, taking sudden, sharp breaths.

To wail means to cry in a loud high voice.

To whimper means to cry making low, weak noises.

To weep means to cry quietly for a long time.

To bawl means to cry loudly, especially used for young children and for people for whom you do not have much sympathy. As in: “Stop bawling,” Dad said crossly, “and come here right away.”

To cry your eyes out means to cry a lot or for a long time.

To snivel or sniffle is to cry in a weak, complaining way and at the same time breathing in air noisily.

And here are some expressions that you can use in place of ‘cry(ing)‘:

‘be in tears’

‘have tears in (your) eyes’

‘tears run/roll down somebody’s cheeks’

‘break down’

‘burst into tears’

‘eyes welling up’

To mean almost crying, you can use these:

‘be close to tears’

‘on the verge of tears’

‘have a lump in (your) throat’




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