a far cry

a far cry
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey fahr krahy]
    • /eɪ fɑr kraɪ/
    • /ə ˈfɑː(r) kraɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey fahr krahy]
    • /eɪ fɑr kraɪ/

Definitions of a far cry words

  • noun a far cry a long way 3
  • noun a far cry something very different 3
  • noun a far cry a great distance; long way 3
  • noun a far cry a thing much different 3
  • verb without object a far cry to utter inarticulate sounds, especially of lamentation, grief, or suffering, usually with tears. 1
  • verb without object a far cry to weep; shed tears, with or without sound. 1

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Origin of a far cry

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; (v.) Middle English crien < Anglo-French, Old French crier < Vulgar Latin *crītāre for Latin quirītāre to cry out in protest, make a public cry; associated by folk etymology with Quirītēs Quirites; (noun) < Anglo-French, Old French cri, noun derivative of the v.

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Parts of speech for A far cry


a far cry popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

a far cry usage trend in Literature

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