Weep
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Weep

English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: w?p, IPA(key): /wi:p/
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  • Rhymes: -i:p

Etymology 1

From Middle English wepen, from Old English w?pan ("to weep, complain, bewail, mourn over, deplore"), from Proto-Germanic *w?pijan? ("to weep"), from Proto-Indo-European *weh?b- ("to call, cry, complain"). Cognate with Scots wepe, weip ("to weep"), Saterland Frisian wapia ("to cry, complain"), Icelandic æpa ("to yell, shout").

Verb

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

  1. To cry; shed tears.
    • (Can we date this quote by Longfellow and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      They wept together in silence.
  2. To lament; to complain.
    • Bible, Numbers 11:13
      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
  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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Prior and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Fair Venus wept the sad disaster / Of having lost her favorite dove.
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Noun

weep (plural weeps)

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

Etymology 2

Imitative of its cry.

Noun

weep (plural weeps)

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

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