- The definition of a weep is a time of excessive crying or emotion.
An example of a weep is a set of hours spent crying over a lost job.
- Weep is defined as to cry or express grief.
An example of weep is to cry for hours over the death of a loved one.
A couple weep at a funeral.
intransitive verbwept, weeping
- to manifest or give expression to a strong emotion, usually grief or sorrow, by crying, wailing, or, esp., shedding tears
- to lament or mourn: with for or over
- to let fall drops of water or other liquid; esp., to drop moisture condensed from the air: cold pipes weep in hot weather
- to exude water or other liquid: wounds, plant stems, etc. weep
Origin of weepMiddle English wepen ; from Old English wepan, akin to wop, outcry, Gothic wōpjan, Old Saxon wōpian ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wab-, to cry, complain from source Old Church Slavonic vabiti, to call to
- to weep for; lament; bewail; mourn: to weep one's misfortune
- to shed (tears or other drops of liquid)
- to bring to a specified condition by weeping: to weep oneself to sleep
- a fit of weeping
- an exudation or dripping of moisture
verbwept wept , weep·ing, weeps
- To shed (tears) as an expression of emotion: weep bitter tears of remorse.
- To express grief or anguish for; lament: wept the death of his child.
- To bring to a specified condition by weeping: She wept herself into a state of exhaustion.
- To exude or let fall (drops of liquid): “cuts the jellied milk into tiny, soft curds that weep whey” (Kit Snedaker).
- To express emotion, such as grief, sadness, or joy, by shedding tears. See Synonyms at cry.
- To mourn or grieve: wept for the dead.
- To emit or run with drops of liquid: a sore that weeps.
Origin of weepMiddle English wepen, from Old English wēpan.
(third-person singular simple present weeps, present participle weeping, simple past and past participle wept)
- To cry; shed tears.
- To lament; to complain.
- (medicine, of a wound or sore) To produce secretions.
- To flow in drops; to run in drops.
- a weeping spring, which discharges water slowly
- To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; said of a plant or its branches.
From Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan (“to weep, complain, bewail, mourn over, deplore”), from Proto-Germanic *wōpijaną (“to weep”), from Proto-Indo-European *wāb- (“to call, cry, complain”). Cognate with Scots wepe, weip (“to weep”), Saterland Frisian wapia (“to cry, complain”), Icelandic æpa (“to yell, shout”).
Imitative of its cry.