- expressing grief, sorrow, or any overwhelming emotion by shedding tears: weeping multitudes.
- tearful; weepy: a weeping fit.
- tending or liable to cry; given to crying.
- dripping or oozing liquid.
- (of trees, shrubs, etc.) having slender, drooping branches.
Origin of weeping
- to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry: to weep for joy; to weep with rage.
- to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak: The old water tank was weeping at the seams.
- to exude water or liquid, as soil, a rock, a plant stem, or a sore.
- to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears or other expression of sorrow: He wept his dead brother.
- to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping: to weep tears of gratitude.
- to let fall or give forth in drops: trees weeping an odorous gum.
- to pass, bring, put, etc., to or into a specified condition with the shedding of tears (usually followed by away, out, etc.): to weep one's eyes out; to weep oneself to sleep.
- weeping, or a fit of weeping.
- the exudation of water or liquid.
Origin of weep1
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Examples from the Web for weeping
There is weeping and gnashing of teeth in Blue State America today.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
“I think I am a big part of the reason he is gay,” she says, weeping.Mississippi Is Hell for These Lesbians
August 8, 2014
This weekend, thousands of people will stand in line to pay $13 for the privilege of grieving to the point of weeping.The Science of Weepies: Why We Love Crying at the Movies
June 4, 2014
The sound of weeping soldiers punctured the silence in the theater.The Names You Don’t Hear: Nearly 200 Women Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan
May 26, 2014
If the boys had not appeared we might now be weeping in a melancholy row.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Her eyes were red with weeping, and her hair was in disorder.Weighed and Wanting
She was too terrified to add her weeping to the wail of the wind—it would have been too ghastly.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I pictured them in four separate heaps in the snow, all weeping.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
He was looking steadfastly at his grandmother and weeping piteously.What Sami Sings with the Birds
- (of plants) having slender hanging branches
- 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
- a spell of weeping
Word Origin and History for weeping
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.