weep

verb

wept ˈwept How to pronounce weep (audio) ; weeping

transitive verb

1
: to express deep sorrow for usually by shedding tears : bewail
weeping the sins and errors of his youthEdward Gibbon
2
: to pour forth (tears) from the eyes
3
: to exude (a fluid) slowly : ooze
a tree weeping sap

intransitive verb

1
: to express passion (such as grief) by shedding tears
2
a
: to give off or leak fluid slowly : ooze
b
of a fluid : to flow sluggishly or in drops
3
: to droop over : bend

Examples of weep in a Sentence

He wept at the news of her death. She sat down and wept. He wept bitter tears of disappointment. The meringue will weep if you put it in the fridge.
Recent Examples on the Web Gomez wept as the audience stood up to cheer and clap in the Palais after the film had played there, per Variety. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 19 May 2024 The brutality, so horrific that one witness wept, was recorded and shared. Photographs Todd Heisler, New York Times, 19 May 2024 Franklin, 62, sat on his bed in his studio apartment, surrounded by paperwork and wept. Theresa Clift, Sacramento Bee, 9 May 2024 Down in Mission Control, the two astronauts’ wives fell into each other’s arms and wept. Adam Higginbotham, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 May 2024 Inside, the parents talked and mourned and wept, together. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2024 England big loser as Champions League reaches semifinals: Betting favorite Manchester City and second fave Arsenal are out -- and England wept. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 21 Apr. 2024 He was said to have wept when reviewing the galleys of this story shortly before his death. Joy Williams, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2024 It was topped with egg and jamón ibérico, which wept fatty tears over its surface. Alex Raij, Saveur, 11 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan; akin to Old High German wuoffan to weep, Serbian & Croatian vapiti to cry out

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of weep was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Weep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weep. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

weep

verb
wept ˈwept How to pronounce weep (audio) ; weeping
1
: to show emotion and especially sorrow by shedding tears : cry
2
: to give off liquid slowly or in drops : ooze
a tree weeping sap
weeper noun

Medical Definition

weep

verb
wept ˈwept How to pronounce weep (audio) ; weeping

transitive verb

1
: to pour forth (tears) from the eyes
2
: to exude (a fluid) slowly

intransitive verb

1
: to shed tears
2
: to exude a serous fluid
a weeping burn

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