weep·​er | \ ˈwē-pər How to pronounce weeper (audio) \

Definition of weeper

1a : one that weeps
b : a professional mourner
2 : a small statue of a figure in mourning on a funeral monument
3 : a badge of mourning worn especially in the 18th and 19th centuries
4 weepers plural : long and flowing side-whiskers

Examples of weeper in a Sentence

The movie is a weeper about a single mother facing cancer.
Recent Examples on the Web Stealing Home is a two-hankie weeper, and a cheap one at that. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Jodie Foster Movie Performance, Ranked," 19 Feb. 2021 Personal issues were a distant second, with about 19% of workplace weepers blaming problems at home or in their non-workplace lives for following them through the office door. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Crying on the job? You're not alone, with 8 in 10 workers shedding tears," 15 Aug. 2019 Sumney, though, took his time prepping a long-player, issuing his minimal weepers one by one. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds: New Los Angeles-based music from the Pollyseeds, Sudan Archives and Moses Sumney," 15 July 2017 And on This Is Us—the family weeper (and runaway hit) that followed soon after— Brennan Carley, GQ, "Milo Ventimiglia of This Is Us Wears the Summer’s Best Suits," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of weeper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of weeper was in the 13th century

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“Weeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weeper. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of weeper

US, informal : a sad movie, song, etc., that makes people cry

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