verb (past and past participle wept /wɛpt/)[no object]
- 1Shed tears: a grieving mother wept over the body of her daughter [with object]: he wept bitter tears at her cruelty (as adjective weeping) the weeping figure of a womanMore 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.
- 2 (as adjective weeping) Used in names of tree and shrub varieties with drooping branches, e.g. weeping cherry.More example sentences
- 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.
- 3Exude liquid: she rubbed the sore, making it weepMore 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.
noun[in singular] Back to top
Old English wēpan (verb), of Germanic origin, probably imitative.