verb (used with object), be·wept, be·weep·ing. Archaic.

to weep over (something): to beweep one's foolish mistakes.

Origin of beweep

before 1000; Middle English bewepen, Old English bewēpan. See be-, weep1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bewept

Historical Examples of bewept

  • And mournful and with a heavy heart he bewept the extinction of that beam of heaven.


    James Joyce

  • The Empire was bewept,—let us acknowledge the fact,—and bewept by heroic eyes.

    Les Misrables

    Victor Hugo

  • King Saman-lal-posh—Jessamine, wearer of rubies—had so bewept the loss of his sons that he was now blind.

  • She gan bewail the stalwart Iring and bewept his wounds, indeed her grief was passing sharp.

  • A bloody and hateful devil—a bewept, bewailed, and sainted martyr—all in a month!

    Sketches New and Old, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

Word Origin and History for bewept



Old English bewepan, cognate with Old Frisian biwepa, Old Saxon biwopian; see be- + weep. Related: Bewept.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper