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weeping

[wee-ping] /ˈwi pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
expressing grief, sorrow, or any overwhelming emotion by shedding tears:
weeping multitudes.
2.
tearful; weepy:
a weeping fit.
3.
tending or liable to cry; given to crying.
4.
dripping or oozing liquid.
5.
(of trees, shrubs, etc.) having slender, drooping branches.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English wepende. See weep1, -ing2
Related forms
weepingly, adverb
unweeping, adjective

weep1

[weep] /wip/
verb (used without object), wept, weeping.
1.
to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry:
to weep for joy; to weep with rage.
2.
to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak:
The old water tank was weeping at the seams.
3.
to exude water or liquid, as soil, a rock, a plant stem, or a sore.
verb (used with object), wept, weeping.
4.
to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears or other expression of sorrow:
He wept his dead brother.
5.
to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping:
to weep tears of gratitude.
6.
to let fall or give forth in drops:
trees weeping an odorous gum.
7.
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.
noun
8.
weeping, or a fit of weeping.
9.
the exudation of water or liquid.
Origin
before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wēpan to wail; cognate with Gothic wōpjan to call, Old Norse æpa to cry out
Synonyms
1. sob; wail, lament. 4. bewail, bemoan, lament.
Antonyms
1. laugh, rejoice.
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Examples from the web for weeping
  • Runoff flows down a wall of alders, maples, and ferns as if gently weeping into the stream below.
  • weeping about the demise of letter writing appears to have faded into history.
  • He leads them out past religion and history, thousands weeping now, all arms high.
  • He cupped his face in his thick hands and began weeping.
  • On cue, an argument begins about the removal of a body, accompanied by wailing and weeping.
  • It helps me make all those student loan payments without weeping.
  • The rest faded away into the night, many of them weeping, and not because of the tear gas.
  • Her skin was thick and pitted with old acne scars and her eyes and lips were swollen, red as if from weeping or a bad cold.
  • She was a year older and so pretty you could not look at her without weeping.
  • By the end of the summer intensive they are weeping as they say goodbye.
British Dictionary definitions for weeping

weeping

/ˈwiːpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of plants) having slender hanging branches
Derived Forms
weepingly, adverb

weep

/wiːp/
verb weeps, weeping, wept
1.
to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness
2.
(transitive) foll by out. to utter, shedding tears
3.
when intr, foll by for. to mourn or lament (for something)
4.
to exude (drops of liquid)
5.
(intransitive) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid
noun
6.
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 weeping

weep

v.

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 weeping

weep

Related Terms

read 'em and weep


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