Definition of weep in English:

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Pronunciation: /wēp/

verb (past and past participle wept /wept/)

[no object]
1Shed tears: a grieving mother wept over the body of her daughter [with object]: he wept bitter tears at her cruelty
More example sentences
  • The weary mother wept as the bus began its long journey back to her small village.
  • He began to weep, the tears falling faster and faster from his eyes, running down his face.
  • She heard her mother begin to weep softly as her father comforted her.
1.1Utter or express with tears: [with direct speech]: “No!” she wept
1.2 [with object] archaic Mourn for; shed tears over: a young widow weeping her lost lord
2Exude liquid: she rubbed one of the sores, making it weep
More example sentences
  • They may weep, and eventually grow a crust or scab.
  • I could understand how skin like this might weep or bleed on occasion.
  • These blisters eventually burst to reveal small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid.


[in singular]
A fit or spell of shedding tears.
Example sentences
  • She still has little weeps to herself when she thinks about Donald but she's on the mend.


Old English wēpan (verb), of Germanic origin, probably imitative.

  • A Germanic word in origin, Old English wēpan is probably imitative of the sound of moaning and sobbing, although in modern use the verb indicates the more or less silent shedding of tears. Weep is now normally restricted to literary use.

Words that rhyme with weep

asleep, beep, bleep, cheap, cheep, creep, deep, heap, Jeep, keep, leap, neap, neep, peep, reap, seep, sheep, skin-deep, sleep, steep, Streep, sweep, veep

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Syllabification: weep

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