[ 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.

Origin of weeping

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

Related forms

weep·ing·ly, adverbun·weep·ing, adjective

Definition for weeping (2 of 2)


[ 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 (1 of 2)


/ (ˈwiːpɪŋ) /


(of plants) having slender hanging branches

Derived Forms

weepingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for weeping (2 of 2)


/ (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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