simple past tense and past participle of weep1.



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

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.

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

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 weep

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

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Examples from the Web for wept

Contemporary Examples of wept

Historical Examples of wept

  • And then, amid his lore of wretchedness he hid his face and wept.

  • He told of old servants who had wept when he decided to close the house and go away.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • His maiden looked up from her mother's lap where she wept for him, and fled shrieking.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Big tears rolled down his face, but he smiled all the time that he wept.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • And now here was some one who wept because she had spoken of her mother to him.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

British Dictionary definitions for wept



the past tense and past participle of 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


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 wept



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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