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Pronunciation edit

  • enPR: wēp, IPA(key): /wiːp/
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  • Rhymes: -iːp

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan (to weep, complain, bewail, mourn over, deplore), from Proto-West Germanic *wōpijan, from Proto-Germanic *wōpijaną (to weep), from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂b- (to call, cry, complain).

Cognate with Scots wepe, weip (to weep), Saterland Frisian wapia (to cry, complain), Icelandic æpa (to yell, shout).

Verb edit

weep (third-person singular simple present weeps, present participle weeping, simple past and past participle wept or (poetic, otherwise nonstandard) weeped)

  1. To cry; to shed tears, especially when accompanied with sobbing or other difficulty speaking, as an expression of emotion such as sadness or joy.
  2. To lament; to complain.
  3. To give off moisture in small quantities, e.g. due to condensation.
    1. (medicine, of a wound or sore) To produce secretions.
    2. To flow in drops; to run in drops.
      a weeping spring, which discharges water slowly
  4. To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; said of a plant or its branches.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To weep over; to bewail.
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Noun edit

weep (plural weeps)

  1. A session of crying.
    Sometimes you just have to have a good weep.
  2. A sob.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, New York: Doubleday & McClure, published 1899, page v. 62:
      He's coming, too, and we both want to mingle our weeps over the wine-cup[.]

Etymology 2 edit

Imitative of its cry.

Noun edit

weep (plural weeps)

  1. A lapwing; wipe, especially, a northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).