follow Dictionary.com

8 Wintry Words to Defrost Your Vocabulary

seep

[seep] /sip/
verb (used without object)
1.
to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance:
Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
2.
(of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace:
The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
3.
to become diffused; permeate:
Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to seep; filter:
The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
noun
5.
moisture that seeps out; seepage.
6.
a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for seeping
  • As an alternative sweetener for the meringues, we're going to try seeping stevia leaves in water to make a simple syrup.
  • Now the trend of posthumous publication is seeping from books to movies.
  • Rage is indeed on the rise and is seeping out of the societal cracks from every place.
  • They're still seeping a little but appear to be healing pretty normally.
  • She was nearly crying with exhaustion and alarm and some familiar sort of seeping rage.
  • Foreign culture has a funny way of seeping through the cracks of even the tightest borders.
  • Oil could end up seeping easily through the bottom, too.
  • Digital culture has a way of seeping into our bones, altering our self-conception.
  • Foreclosures represented only the leading edge of an economic blight that had begun seeping into the community.
  • Swirling, slender plumes of smoke from incense filled the air, seeping into our hair.
British Dictionary definitions for seeping

seep

/siːp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
noun
2.
a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
3.
another word for seepage
Word Origin
Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for seeping

seep

v.

1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from Old English sipian "to seep," from Proto-Germanic *sip- (cf. Middle High German sifen, Dutch sijpelen "to ooze"), from PIE root *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related: Seeped; seeping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for seep

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for seeping

10
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with seeping

Nearby words for seeping