weeper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n weeper a hired mourner
    • n weeper a person who weeps
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Weeper A white band or border worn on the sleeve as a badge of mourning.
    • Weeper One who weeps; esp., one who sheds tears.
    • Weeper (Zoöl) The capuchin. See Capuchin, 3 .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n weeper plural Long side-whiskers.
    • n weeper One who weeps; one who sheds tears; specifically, a hired mourner at a funeral.
    • n weeper Something worn conventionally as a badge of mourning. A strip of white linen or muslin worn on the end of the sleeve like a cuff. The term is also used for the band of crape worn as a mark of mourning.
    • n weeper A long hatband, like a scarf, of crape or other black stuff, worn by men at a funeral.
    • n weeper The long black crape veil worn by a widow in her weeds.
    • n weeper Anything resembling a weeper in senses 1 and 2 in shape or use.
    • n weeper The South American capuchin monkey, Cebus capucinus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Weeper one who weeps: a white border round the sleeve of a mourning dress: a crape hat-band: a widow's crape-veil: anything pendent
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Idioms

Finders keepers, losers weepers - Whoever finds something can keep it. This is often shortened to 'finders keepers'.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wépanwóp, clamour; allied to Goth. wópjan.

Usage

In literature:

I never was a weeper.
"In the Bishop's Carriage" by Miriam Michelson
The weeper stirred very slightly.
"Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard" by Eleanor Farjeon
She was a great weeper.
"Childhood" by Leo Tolstoy
There ought to be nothing left for her but crape and weepers.
"The Prime Minister" by Anthony Trollope
What I'm chuckling at is the absurdity of our coming in here like so many mutes in weepers.
"The Deserter" by Charles King
It was hysterical, and had burst from the restraint of the weeper.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She had her beautiful hair confined in crimped caps, and her weepers came over her elbows.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
It took all the eloquence and persuasive powers of Colbert to induce the fair weeper to return with him to Versailles.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
Ellen was not the only subdued weeper there; not the only one whose tears came from a broken-up heart.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
Let no one ask me to unfold the Scriptures; for my harp is turned to mourning, and my voice to the cry of the weeper.
"The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI" by Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
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In poetry:

Yes, weeper, weep!
'Twill not be evermore;
I know the darkest deep
Hath e'en the brightest shore.
"Hope" by Abram Joseph Ryan
The weepers are learning to smile,
And laughter to glean the sighs,
And hearts to bury their care and guile
For the day when the sleepers arise.
"A Dream-Song" by George MacDonald
"We go not to seek
The darlings of Aurora's bed,
The rose's modest cheek,
Nor the violet's humble head;
Though the field's eyes, too, weepers be
Because they want such tears as we.
"Saint Mar Magdelene; or, The Weeper" by Richard Crashaw
How true to our hearts was that beautiful sleeper
With smiles for the joyful, with tears for the weeper,
Yet, evermore prompt, whether mournful or gay,
With warnings in love to the passing astray.
"A Lament" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Be hushed, sad weepers, for your loved ones fell,
As warriors still should fall, in Freedom's cause;
For her they stormed the fort, and scaled the breach,
Victorious died, and earned a world's applause.
"Night Scene At The Fall of Sebastopol" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Check out their rundown of the biggest sniffers, weepers and sobbers in athletic history.
Prepare to avoid infected humans called Weepers in the video game Dishonored .
Continued the mood of melancholy weepers as the band dipped back into songs that spanned their older catalog.
Forget the old adage, " Finders keepers, losers weepers," although Duffy may be out his money.
Zac Efron squints into golden sunlight amid the trappings of a tragic heartthrob in this canned spiritual weeper.
Zac Efron stumbles — and we learn — in this weeper.
He and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, can rock the house hillbilly style one moment, tear off some bluegrass the next, then follow that up with some gospel or maybe a country weeper.
Any enterprising movie house manager would do well to fill a section of the concession stand with boxes of Kleenex for audiences buying tickets to this weeper, then figure out a way to market them before viewers sit down.
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