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[seep] /sip/
verb (used without object)
to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance:
Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
(of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace:
The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
to become diffused; permeate:
Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)
to cause to seep; filter:
The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
moisture that seeps out; seepage.
a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
1780-90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen) Unabridged
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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


(intransitive) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
another word for seepage
Word Origin
Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa
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Word Origin and History for seeping



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.

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