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 youth Edward 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

Example Sentences

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 Read it and weep: L.A. County’s average gas price hits $5.84 a gallon. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 Very happy to weep, cheer, join in the chorus, wave your arms. James Parker, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2022 Watch thou, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give thine angels charge over those who sleep. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 12 Oct. 2022 And his music has been known to make grown men weep. Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 If the Buffalo Bills ever win a Super Bowl, old folks will weep uncontrollably, raising toasts to departed loved ones who cheered the Bills for decades. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 Specialist science journalists have hidden themselves in the bathroom to weep quietly. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 The result is a pavlova that will collapse in the middle or weep (separate). Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2022 This is a movement that once made Tolstoy weep, and the Viano offered a touchingly guileless account, true to the music’s elusive blend of wistful beauty and sadness. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 27 June 2022 See More

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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 4 Dec. 2022.

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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