weep·​ing | \ ˈwē-piŋ How to pronounce weeping (audio) \

Definition of weeping

1 : tearful
2 archaic : rainy
3 : having slender pendent branches a weeping beech

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Examples of weeping in a Sentence

with its long, weeping fronds, this plant makes a nice ornamental a weeping song about a long-lost love

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Here, the couple stores two 300-gallon water cisterns tucked under a weeping birch tree and plants more than 500 square feet of garden beds with vegetables and flowers. Amy Pennington, The Seattle Times, "A couple’s Rainier Beach garden is a place of creativity, vision and function," 19 May 2019 The weeping forms of ornamental cherries make for particularly striking specimens. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ornamental cherry trees bring a waterfall of blooms," 23 Feb. 2018 The weeping woman some see in this photo is supposedly still mourning the fact that her lover's stagecoach never showed up. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See Inside This Haunted Former Texas Hotel—and Watch the Seriously Spooky Video Captured There," 18 Oct. 2017 One snorts drugs in the bathroom, another takes weeping refuge in it, a third hurls in the toilet, while others meander here and there. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: A London Night Goes Wrong in ‘The Party’," 15 Feb. 2018 The weeping woman turns out to be Gilles' daughter, Jeanne (Esther Garrel, the director's daughter), who has just had a bad breakup with her live-in boyfriend. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Philippe Garrel's 'Lover for a Day' plays out a delicate, wistful emotional triangle," 25 Jan. 2018 The winner — beating out distinctive favorites like the dancing lady and the twin girls — was the crying-laughing face, followed by the red heart, the weeping face, the heart-eyes face, and the blowing-a-kiss emoji. Jamie Ducharme, Fortune, "Apple Says This Is the Most Popular Emoji (It’s Not the Poop)," 3 Nov. 2017 Doctors often see cases far worse than Western doctors ever do: babies with growths half as big as their heads, women with breast tumors the size of softballs that have broken the skin, putrid and weeping blood. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan," 7 Oct. 2017 His other hand rests on a shoulder of a weeping boy huddled against his knee. Sally Downey, Philly.com, "A trip to Capestrano to honor one's ancestry," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of weeping

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

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English Language Learners Definition of weeping

of a tree : having thin branches that hang down toward the ground


weep·​ing | \ ˈwē-piŋ\

Kids Definition of weeping

: having slender drooping branches a weeping birch

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