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  1. a person who weeps.
  2. (formerly) a hired mourner at a funeral.
  3. something worn as a badge of mourning, as a widow's black veil.
  4. a wine bottle that has lost some of its contents through the cork.
  5. any of various loose-hanging, streamerlike objects, as a long, hanging hatband or a strand of moss hanging from a tree.
  6. Informal. a sad story, motion picture, song, or the like, that is apt to make one cry.

Origin of weeper

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at weep1, -er1
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Related Words for weeper

pallbearer, wailer, griever, weeper, keener

Examples from the Web for weeper

Historical Examples of weeper

  • Pambo laid his hand again tenderly on the weeper's shoulder.


    Charles Kingsley

  • It was hysterical, and had burst from the restraint of the weeper.

    The Portion of Labor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • In a moment a Goth had led up the weeper, who came without demur to the side of Pelagia's mule.


    Charles Kingsley

  • A little dwarf, called the “Caointeach,” or weeper, is said to weep before the death of some persons.

    The Cruise of the Elena

    J. Ewing Ritchie

  • "Do not despair of seeing him such one day," her mother returned, laying a gentle, quieting hand on that of the weeper.

    Mildred and Elsie

    Martha Finley

British Dictionary definitions for weeper


  1. a person who weeps, esp a hired mourner
  2. something worn as a sign of mourning
  3. a hole through a wall, to allow water to drain away
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