weep

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verb (used without object), wept, weep·ing.

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

noun

weeping, or a fit of weeping.
the exudation of water or liquid.

Origin of weep

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before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wēpan to wail; cognate with Gothic wōpjan to call, Old Norse æpa to cry out

Synonyms for weep

Antonyms for weep

weep

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[weep]

noun British Dialect.

the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, of Europe.

Origin of weep

2
imitative
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Examples from the Web for weep

Contemporary Examples of weep

Historical Examples of weep

  • Humans are funniest when they weep and tremble before, like you say, 'the facts in the case.'

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Then they will cease, and wives and mothers will come here to weep.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • She did not weep: long ago she had exhausted the relief of tears.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • What is the matter with you, dear Angélique, and what misfortune makes you weep?

  • It may be that by-and-by you will not have tears enough to weep.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for weep

weep

verb weeps, weeping or wept

to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness
(tr foll by out) to utter, shedding tears
(when intr, foll by for) to mourn or lament (for something)
to exude (drops of liquid)
(intr) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid

noun

a spell of weeping

Word Origin for weep

Old English wēpan; related to Gothic wōpjan, Old High German wuofan, Old Slavonic vabiti to call
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Word Origin and History for weep
v.

Old English wepan "shed tears, cry" (class VII strong verb; past tense weop, past participle wopen), from Proto-Germanic *wopjan (cf. Old Norse op, Old High German wuof "shout, shouting, crying," Old Saxon wopian, Gothic wopjan "to shout, cry out, weep"), from PIE *wab- "to cry, scream" (cf. Latin vapulare "to be flogged;" Old Church Slavonic vupiti "to call," vypu "gull"). Weeping willow (cf. French saule pleureur, German trauerweide) is recorded from 1731. The tree is native to Asia; the first brought to England were imported 1748, from the Euphrates. Replaced cypress as a funerary emblem.

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