weep

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To cry; shed tears.
    • Longfellow
      They wept together in silence.
  2. To lament; to complain.
    • Bible, Numbers xi. 13
      They weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
  3. (medicine, of a wound or sore) To produce secretions.
  4. To flow in drops; to run in drops.
    a weeping spring, which discharges water slowly
    • Shakespeare
      The blood weeps from my heart.
  5. To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; said of a plant or its branches.
  6. (obsolete, transitive) To weep over; to bewail.
    • Prior
      Fair Venus wept the sad disaster / Of having lost her favorite dove.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative of its cry.

Noun[edit]

weep (plural weeps)

  1. The lapwing; the wipe.