- 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 seepingpermeate, drain, soak, flow, ooze, percolate, trickle, bleed, well, drip, sweat, transude, weep, exude
Examples from the Web for seeping
Contemporary Examples of seeping
Seeping through these explanations are the idiosyncrasies and livelihoods of their authors.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.13 Celebrities Who Dissed Justin Bieber
August 7, 2014
Outside the walls, and seeping down nearby streets, are dozens of photogenic and thought-provoking visions.Adventures in Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative
The Daily Beast
July 10, 2014
After roasting, hand-grinding the beans and seeping the grinds, he hands out steaming cups.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?
June 8, 2014
We love the chicken on a pallet of herby, slightly sweet cornbread dressing, which imbibes all the seeping juices.The Heart and Soul (Food) of Orlando
Jane & Michael Stern
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of seeping
And strange stories were seeping into the press of the world.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
Danny felt warm wetness where the blood was seeping from his ribs.My Shipmate--Columbus
He closed his eyes as he felt the life—or whatever it was—seeping out of him.The Memory of Mars
Raymond F. Jones
Blood, seeping from it, had dribbled down his cheek and stained his collar.
Blood, seeping from a gash across his forehead, blinded him.
- (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
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.