Definition of weep in English:
verb (past and past participle wept /wɛpt/)[no object]
- 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.
- A weeping ash tree which stood in the square for 80 years was felled last year because of concerns over safety.
- As readers will know, the old weeping ash tree in King's Square has now been removed.
- The trees are all taller, except for the weeping cherry which my mother cut down for crimes against the view.
noun[in singular] Back to top
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.
- Example sentences
- Meg Ryan and Rosie O'Donnell are talking, weepingly, about the scene in An Affair to Remember which always makes them cry.
- ‘It's too soon ’, the father weepingly admits.
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