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[weep] /wip/
verb (used without object), wept, weeping.
to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry:
to weep for joy; to weep with rage.
to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak:
The old water tank was weeping at the seams.
to exude water or liquid, as soil, a rock, a plant stem, or a sore.
verb (used with object), wept, weeping.
to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears or other expression of sorrow:
He wept his dead brother.
to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping:
to weep tears of gratitude.
to let fall or give forth in drops:
trees weeping an odorous gum.
to pass, bring, put, etc., to or into a specified condition with the shedding of tears (usually followed by away, out, etc.):
to weep one's eyes out; to weep oneself to sleep.
weeping, or a fit of weeping.
the exudation of water or liquid.
Origin of weep1
before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wēpan to wail; cognate with Gothic wōpjan to call, Old Norse æpa to cry out
1. sob; wail, lament. 4. bewail, bemoan, lament.
1. laugh, rejoice.


[weep] /wip/
noun, British Dialect.
the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, of Europe.
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  • Humans are funniest when they weep and tremble before, like you say, 'the facts in the case.'

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Then they will cease, and wives and mothers will come here to weep.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • She did not weep: long ago she had exhausted the relief of tears.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • What is the matter with you, dear Angélique, and what misfortune makes you weep?

  • It may be that by-and-by you will not have tears enough to weep.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for weep


verb weeps, weeping, wept
to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness
(transitive) foll by out. to utter, shedding tears
when intr, foll by for. to mourn or lament (for something)
to exude (drops of liquid)
(intransitive) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid
a spell of weeping
Word Origin
Old English wēpan; related to Gothic wōpjan, Old High German wuofan, Old Slavonic vabiti to call
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Word Origin and History for weep

Old English wepan "shed tears, cry" (class VII strong verb; past tense weop, past participle wopen), from Proto-Germanic *wopjan (cf. Old Norse op, Old High German wuof "shout, shouting, crying," Old Saxon wopian, Gothic wopjan "to shout, cry out, weep"), from PIE *wab- "to cry, scream" (cf. Latin vapulare "to be flogged;" Old Church Slavonic vupiti "to call," vypu "gull"). Weeping willow (cf. French saule pleureur, German trauerweide) is recorded from 1731. The tree is native to Asia; the first brought to England were imported 1748, from the Euphrates. Replaced cypress as a funerary emblem.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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