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verb (used without object)
  1. to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
  2. (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
  3. to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
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  1. moisture that seeps out; seepage.
  2. a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
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Origin of seep

1780–90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen)
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Related Words for seeped

permeate, drain, soak, flow, ooze, percolate, trickle, bleed, well, drip, sweat, transude, weep, exude

Examples from the Web for seeped

Contemporary Examples of seeped

Historical Examples of seeped

  • A dark patch on his back showed where the perspiration had seeped through.

    Faithfully Yours

    Lou Tabakow

  • Stained it was with fresh blood which had seeped onto it from him.

    Each Man Kills

    Victoria Glad

  • This was something that had seeped up from old feeling; it had no life of its own.


    Susan Glaspell

  • But no jungle odors had seeped through that other Tube on its completion.

    The Fifth-Dimension Tube

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The water that seeped into the puddle on the floor moistened their lips as they talked.

    In the Heart of a Fool

    William Allen White

British Dictionary definitions for seeped


  1. (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
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  1. a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
  2. another word for seepage
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Word Origin for seep

Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa
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Word Origin and History for seeped



1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from Old English sipian "to seep," from Proto-Germanic *sip- (cf. Middle High German sifen, Dutch sijpelen "to ooze"), from PIE root *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related: Seeped; seeping.

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