- to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
- (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
- to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
- to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
- moisture that seeps out; seepage.
- a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
Origin of seep
Related Words for seepedpermeate, drain, soak, flow, ooze, percolate, trickle, bleed, well, drip, sweat, transude, weep, exude
Examples from the Web for seeped
Contemporary Examples of seeped
It was a simple formula, really, and it seeped into my consciousness without me even realizing it.No More Coddling!
October 3, 2013
The paranoia he unleashed was so overwhelming that it seeped into every pore of society, including the Pendle witch trials.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 30, 2013
Thomas Flynn, Jimmy So
September 30, 2013
Ditching the bleach, he seeped manly confidence with what appears to be a samurai ponytail.Roger Federer’s Hair Evolution
June 9, 2013
As French culture has seeped out of its food, American culture has crept in.How America Killed French Cuisine
July 7, 2009
Historical Examples of seeped
A dark patch on his back showed where the perspiration had seeped through.Faithfully Yours
Stained it was with fresh blood which had seeped onto it from him.Each Man Kills
This was something that had seeped up from old feeling; it had no life of its own.Fidelity
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
- (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
- a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
- another word for seepage
Word Origin for seep
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.