Origin of Weep
From Middle English wepen, from Old English wÄ“pan (“to weep, complain, bewail, mourn over, deplore"), from Proto-Germanic *wōpijanÄ… (“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").
Middle English wepen from Old English wēpan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Imitative of its cry.
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