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weeper

[wee-per]
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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

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at weep1, -er1
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Historical Examples

  • Her laughter was echoed in quavering fashion by the other weepers.

    Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore

    Pauline Lester

  • There are eight Weepers in the arcade on the side of the tomb.

  • What I'm chuckling at is the absurdity of our coming in here like so many mutes in weepers.

    The Deserter

    Charles King

  • I should call them sleepers, Lazy heapers, idle creepers, And their peepers should be weepers!

  • The first sound of a loud, cheerful voice brought the weepers to their feet.


British Dictionary definitions for weepers

weeper

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with weepers

weepers

see finders keepers, losers weepers.

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