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[weep] /wip/
verb (used without object), wept, weeping.
to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry:
to weep for joy; to weep with rage.
to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak:
The old water tank was weeping at the seams.
to exude water or liquid, as soil, a rock, a plant stem, or a sore.
verb (used with object), wept, weeping.
to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears or other expression of sorrow:
He wept his dead brother.
to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping:
to weep tears of gratitude.
to let fall or give forth in drops:
trees weeping an odorous gum.
to pass, bring, put, etc., to or into a specified condition with the shedding of tears (usually followed by away, out, etc.):
to weep one's eyes out; to weep oneself to sleep.
weeping, or a fit of weeping.
the exudation of water or liquid.
Origin of weep1
before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wēpan to wail; cognate with Gothic wōpjan to call, Old Norse æpa to cry out
1. sob; wail, lament. 4. bewail, bemoan, lament.
1. laugh, rejoice.


[weep] /wip/
noun, British Dialect
the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, of Europe.
imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weep
  • At this point in his story he would weep uncontrollably.
  • Ha was confident and composed, but it wasn't until our cameras were turned off that she began to weep.
  • At age five, she developed the ability to make herself weep while performing tragic poetry.
  • Then did she testify and cross the knees, even the silk covered joints, and weep.
  • The next question is one that should make the veep weep.
  • Occasionally a visitor will imagine the fear and trumpeting of the struggling animal and start to weep.
  • People began to weep in the dark, convinced the militants would try to burn down the building.
  • When placed in that context, this is surely tragedy enough to make one weep.
  • Those of us who weep now, are strengthened by memories of her meaningful life.
  • She made it acceptable to weep and to think simultaneously, to sympathize but also to indict.
British Dictionary definitions for weep


verb weeps, weeping, wept
to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness
(transitive) foll by out. to utter, shedding tears
when intr, foll by for. to mourn or lament (for something)
to exude (drops of liquid)
(intransitive) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid
a spell of weeping
Word Origin
Old English wēpan; related to Gothic wōpjan, Old High German wuofan, Old Slavonic vabiti to call
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Word Origin and History for weep

Old English wepan "shed tears, cry" (class VII strong verb; past tense weop, past participle wopen), from Proto-Germanic *wopjan (cf. Old Norse op, Old High German wuof "shout, shouting, crying," Old Saxon wopian, Gothic wopjan "to shout, cry out, weep"), from PIE *wab- "to cry, scream" (cf. Latin vapulare "to be flogged;" Old Church Slavonic vupiti "to call," vypu "gull"). Weeping willow (cf. French saule pleureur, German trauerweide) is recorded from 1731. The tree is native to Asia; the first brought to England were imported 1748, from the Euphrates. Replaced cypress as a funerary emblem.

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Slang definitions & phrases for weep



A male who exposes his genitals; flasher (1980s+ Police)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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