- 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)
From Middle English wepen, from Old English wÄ“pan (“to weep, complain, bewail, mourn over, deplore"), from Proto-Germanic *wÅpijanÄ… (“to weep"), from Proto-Indo-European *wÄb- (“to call, cry, complain"). Cognate with Scots wepe, weip (“to weep"), Saterland Frisian wapia (“to cry, complain"), Icelandic Ã¦pa (“to yell, shout").
Imitative of its cry.