[ wee-ping ]
/ ˈwi pɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. weep buckets,
  2. weep hole,
  3. weeper,
  4. weepers,
  5. weepie,
  6. weeping fig,
  7. weeping golden bell,
  8. weeping ivy,
  9. weeping lovegrass,
  10. weeping myall

Origin of weeping

before 900; Middle English; Old English wepende. See weep1, -ing2

Related formsweep·ing·ly, adverbun·weep·ing, adjective


[ weep ]
/ wip /

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

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


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

Origin of weep

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

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British Dictionary definitions for weeping


/ (ˈwiːpɪŋ) /


(of plants) having slender hanging branches
Derived Formsweepingly, adverb


/ (wiːp) /

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


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 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.

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