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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.
imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for weep
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  • She lay there without the power to weep, or the courage to pray—how long, she knew not.

    Falkland, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I offered my hand and he took it; but I don't think he was inclined to weep at my departure.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • A man does not weep when he loves and the object of his love simulates kindness.

    The Grey Cloak Harold MacGrath
  • As for Mrs. Pig, she didn't know whether to laugh or to weep.

    The Tale of Grunty Pig Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Now, as then, she felt no disposition to weep or lament; the fountains of her heart were frozen, and she was numb with pain.

    A Question of Marriage Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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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