weep

Definitions

  • Two Old Women Were Weeping and Wailing--4-19-446
    Two Old Women Were Weeping and Wailing--4-19-446
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v weep shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death","The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin The farmer finds the queen weeping by the palanquin
Weeping Willow. Napoleon's Willow Weeping Willow. Napoleon's Willow

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Weep imp. of Weep, for wept.
    • Weep Formerly, to express sorrow, grief, or anguish, by outcry, or by other manifest signs; in modern use, to show grief or other passions by shedding tears; to shed tears; to cry. "And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck.""Phocion was rarely seen to weep or to laugh.""And eyes that wake to weep .""And they wept together in silence."
    • n Weep (Zoöl) The lapwing; the wipe; -- so called from its cry.
    • Weep To drop water, or the like; to drip; to be soaked.
    • Weep To flow in drops; to run in drops. "The blood weeps from my heart."
    • Weep To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; -- said of a plant or its branches.
    • Weep To lament; to bewail; to bemoan. "I weep bitterly the dead.""We wandering go
      Through dreary wastes, and weep each other's woe."
    • Weep To lament; to complain. "They weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat."
    • Weep To shed, or pour forth, as tears; to shed drop by drop, as if tears; as, to weep tears of joy. "Tears, such as angels weep , burst forth.""Groves whose rich trees wept odorous gums and balm."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • weep To gather moisture in drops from the atmosphere, as a water-vessel cooled with ice, or a cool metal pipe in a room where steam is present or the atmosphere is humid; also leak slowly from a joint in drops.
    • weep To express sorrow, grief, or anguish by outcry; wail; lament; in more modern usage, to shed tears.
    • weep To drop or flow as tears.
    • weep To let fall drops; drop water; drip; hence, to rain.
    • weep To give out moisture; be very damp.
    • weep To have drooping branches; be pendent; droop: as, a weeping tree; the weeping willow.
    • weep To lament; bewail; bemoan.
    • weep To shed or let fall drop by drop, as tears; give out in drops.
    • weep To spend or consume in weeping; exhaust in tears: usually followed by away, out, or the like.
    • n weep Weeping; a fit of weeping.
    • n weep Exudation; sweat, as of a gum-tree; a leak, as in the joint of a pipe.
    • n weep Same as peweep for pewit. Also wype, wipe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Weep wēp to express grief by shedding tears: to wail or lament: to drip, rain: to be pendent, as a weeping willow
    • v.t Weep to lament: to pour forth:—pa.t. and pa.p. wept
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “He does not weep who does not see.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    Charles%20De%20Montesquieu
    “We should weep for men at their birth, not at their death.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “If you would have me weep, you must first of all feel grief yourself.”
  • Golda Meir
    Golda%20Meir
    “Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    Michel%20Eyquem%20De%20Montaigne
    “The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might of been.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wepen, AS. wēpan, from wōp, lamentation; akin to OFries. wpa, to lament, OS. wōp, lamentation, OHG. wuof, Icel. ōp, a shouting, crying, OS. wōpian, to lament, OHG. wuoffan, wuoffen, Icel. œpa, Goth. wōpjan,. √129

Usage

In literature:

Therefore weep I, dearest father, Weep, and feel so full of sorrow.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
What could she do but weep too?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
She has been weeping herself blind here.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Her eyes, red with weeping, were aflame with expression.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Pray set it down and rest you: when this burns, 'Twill weep for having weary'd you.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
She thinks of him continually and weeps at his absence.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
There will be the weeping, and the gnashing of teeth!
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various
The poet thought he heard his own heart weeping, but weeping melodiously, like the sound of woman's voice.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Busie weeps until she is exhausted.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Then weep no more, thou sorry boy, Turn thy tears to weeping joy.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
If angels weep, it is at such a sight.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
For years she had not been able to weep, but had only bitten her lips till the blood started.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
You weep, weep until the sight of you is an impossible ennui.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Early in the morning friends came weeping around us.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
Convulsive weeping only exhausted her.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
As they continued riding westward, Daoud heard the boy weeping.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
And why Rachel kept weeping and weeping.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Gray Cloud saw that the man was weeping.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
No, indeed; I wish that he may have weeping and wailing!
"Prisoners of Conscience" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Why did Emily weep long that night, as she recalled the scene of the morning?
"The Lamplighter" by Maria S. Cummins
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In poetry:

"In glittering misery
Bid me not sleep!
Mother, oh, let me
Melt and weep!
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Grey clouds in the sky,
And the grey world asleep,
Grey ghosts that sigh,
And grey eyes that weep.
"The Grey World" by Leon Gellert
What hast thou done, who comest
To weep alway?
Where hast thou laid, who comest here,
Thy youth away?
"After Paul Verlaine-IV" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
'Like Him you weep — and I — O love, my wife,
I weep too! — but our tears do Faith no wrong,
The heirs together of the grace of life,
Our parting is not long;
"The Gate Of Death" by Samuel John Stone
Weep! lonely and lowly are slumbering now
The light of her glances, the pride of her brow;
Weep! sadly and long shall we listen in vain
To hear the soft tones of her welcome again.
"A Lament" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Why do you look at me, Annie? you think I am hard and cold;
But all my children have gone before me, I am so old:
I cannot weep for Willy, nor can I weep for the rest;
Only at your age, Annie, I could have wept with the best.
"The Grandmother" by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In news:

An Ahmadi Muslim man weeps as victims are loaded onto a.
An Ahmadi Muslim man weeps after the mosque where he wo.
Cody Lindsey was towing a trailer full of driveway rocks with his pickup when the truck began to sway on the road leading into Weeping Water.
Christie Weeps At Conversation With Springsteen.
Don't weep yet for demoted health director.
Regional Carrier nTelos Gets Into iPhone 4S Game, T-Mobile Weeps on Sidelines.
If you look at it, though, Jesus weeping has everything to do with it.
Saturday June 16th 7a-2p 122 Weeping Circle (Hwy 280 Westover), 6 mins from Chelsea HUGE YARD SALE.
Admitted the movie's ending makes him weep like a little baby as well.
Dulin, of Weeping Willow Lane, is listed in the state's database as a registered sex offender .
It's not available, because if you try it once, you will die and your children will weep over your exploded body.
Every time you click "Place Order," a warehouse worker weeps.
Mitsu Yasukawa/The Star-Ledger Julienne D'haiti weeps over the body of her son, Jean Jr, as funeral director Kim Nesbit-Good stands by during the wake in Elizabeth.
Living by Ben Franklin's advice, making customers weep, and why a bat is better than a lap dance.
You could hear the weeping from one end of the country to the next.
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