weeper

noun

weep·​er ˈwē-pər How to pronounce weeper (audio)
1
a
: 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
5

Examples of weeper in a Sentence

The movie is a weeper about a single mother facing cancer.
Recent Examples on the Web Our front yard swarmed with mourners, some weeping like children, others consoling the weepers, and the rest loudly reciting verses from the Quran, in memoriam to Uncle Usama. Mohammed Naseehu Ali, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Their brand was chaos: live shows that were transcendent or tragicomic depending on the drugs involved; albums that interpolated brilliant Stones-adjacent youth anthems and devastating country weepers with slapdash Kiss covers and improvised jams where no one played their actual instrument. Elizabeth Nelson, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2023 The track was reasonably dry and occasional weepers weren’t the only problem. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2023 Even if the rain abates, old asphalt is notoriously difficult to dry because of weepers — the moisture that collects under the surface and then seeps through the cracks after a rainfall. Greg Beacham, ajc, 26 Feb. 2023 Of course, Fender wasn’t singing about a Xanax habit in his 1975 weeper. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2022 While the title may seem like we’re headed for a weeper, the reality is quite the opposite in this testament to enduring love. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2022 Stealing Home is a two-hankie weeper, and a cheap one at that. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 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, 15 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
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 25 May. 2024.

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