To pretend a sorrow that one doesn’t in fact feel, to create a hypocritical show of emotion. The idea comes from the ancient belief that crocodiles weep while luring or devouring their prey.
You see that bitch Jasmine Trias on American Idol last night with those crocodile tears?
by Karsh May 13, 2004
Your crocodile tears can't fool me. I know what your up to.
by Light Joker December 8, 2005
You just pretend to cry but u are not really... based of real crocodiles tearing up when they attack their prey.
Paul- *falls, gets 1 little bruise, and cries in a fake way.*
Betty- I don't believe u! U are just using crocodile tears just for attention!
by Milton Like What? August 11, 2017
Fake tears for the purpose to look like you understand or because it's the appropriate thing to do
She didn't care that her father-in-law just died, but she cries those crocodile tears anyways, pretending to feel the pain.
by sprinkes_in_my_frosting February 13, 2008
Fake or insincere expression or emotion that tries to convince others you give a fuck
“But these crocodile tears that the senator from Texas is crying for first responders are too hard for me to take.”
by Junior Senator January 25, 2019
Crocodile-tears are something someone will do as they are faking their tears to put on a show and attract attention.
My grandma was fine until we walked in the crowd and started crying crocodile-tears.
by Abigail Oconnor September 23, 2020