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weeper

[wee-per] /ˈwi pər/
noun
1.
a person who weeps.
2.
(formerly) a hired mourner at a funeral.
3.
something worn as a badge of mourning, as a widow's black veil.
4.
a wine bottle that has lost some of its contents through the cork.
5.
any of various loose-hanging, streamerlike objects, as a long, hanging hatband or a strand of moss hanging from a tree.
6.
Informal. a sad story, motion picture, song, or the like, that is apt to make one cry.
Origin of weeper
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at weep1, -er1
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Examples from the Web for weeper
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  • Pambo laid his hand again tenderly on the weeper's shoulder.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • It was hysterical, and had burst from the restraint of the weeper.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • In a moment a Goth had led up the weeper, who came without demur to the side of Pelagia's mule.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • A little dwarf, called the “Caointeach,” or weeper, is said to weep before the death of some persons.

    The Cruise of the Elena J. Ewing Ritchie
  • "Do not despair of seeing him such one day," her mother returned, laying a gentle, quieting hand on that of the weeper.

    Mildred and Elsie Martha Finley
  • Then with a view to cheering the weeper, she added: You sang your part beautifully both nights, Mignon.

  • The name signifies "The weeper," in reference to the streams that run down from it continually like tears.

    The Basket Woman Mary Austin
  • She purposely made her voice coldly unsympathetic with a view toward summoning the weeper's pride to her aid.

  • The husband of the "married woman" also came, and relieved the other gentlemen from the charge of the "weeper."

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • He peered with keen eyes through the darkness and moved noiselessly forward, in order not to frighten the weeper.

    Peasant Tales of Russia V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
British Dictionary definitions for weeper

weeper

/ˈwiːpə/
noun
1.
a person who weeps, esp a hired mourner
2.
something worn as a sign of mourning
3.
a hole through a wall, to allow water to drain away
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Slang definitions & phrases for weeper

weeper

noun

A sentimental or otherwise tearful movie, play, etc; tear-jerker: It was the weepers that established her as a top Hollywood star/ The daytime weepies have been greatly enriched by a new soap opera (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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