- The definition of a seep is a place where liquid comes up from the ground and forms a puddle.
An example of a seep is a place in the basement floor from where water comes up every time it rains and makes a puddle.
- Seep is defined as to leak or drip.
An example of to seep is for water to slowly creep into a basement.
Origin of seepMiddle English an unverified form sipen ; from Old English sipian, to soak, akin to Middle Low German sīpen, to drip ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seib-, to run out, drip from source soap
- a place where water, oil, etc. oozes from the ground to form a pool
intransitive verbseeped, seep·ing, seeps
- To pass slowly through small openings or pores; ooze: Water is seeping into the basement.
- To enter, depart, or become diffused gradually: The importance of the situation finally seeped into my brain. The news seeped out bit by bit.
Origin of seepAlteration of dialectal sipe.
(third-person singular simple present seeps, present participle seeping, simple past and past participle seeped)
Variant of sipe, from Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian, from Proto-Germanic *sīpōną, frequentative of *sīpaną (compare Middle Dutch sīpen 'to drip', archaic German seifen 'to trickle blood'), from Proto-Indo-European *seib, *sib- 'to pour out, drip, trickle' (compare Latin sēbum 'suet, tallow', Ancient Greek εἴβω (eíbō) 'to drop, drip').