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  • 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).


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

  1. To cry; shed tears.
  2. To lament; to complain.
  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
  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.
    • 1717, Matthew Prior, The Dove
      Fair Venus wept the sad disaster
      Of having lost her favorite dove.
Derived terms[edit]


weep (plural weeps)

  1. A session of crying.
    Sometimes you just have to have a good weep.

Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative of its cry.


weep (plural weeps)

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