How to sign cry in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

Place your hands so that the tips of your index fingers are just below your eyes. Then, curl your fingers in, changing your handshape from a "1" handshape to an "X" handshape. Your index fingers should drag down your cheeks as you do this. This sign mimics tears coming from your eyes.

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Sequential Breakdown of cry

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End of Sign

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for cry
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Dominant Handshape for cry
Extend your index finger and then curl it in. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for cry
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.
Non-Dominant Handshape for cry
Extend your index finger and then curl it in. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Sign Instructions:

With both hands oriented toward your face, alternate dragging the tips of your index fingers down your cheeks. This sign mimics tears coming down your face.

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Example Video

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of cry

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of cry

End of Sign

Final Frame of cry

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for cry
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for cry
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

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