Definition of weep in English:



  • 1Shed tears.

    ‘a grieving mother wept over the body of her daughter’
    [with object] ‘he wept bitter tears at her cruelty’
    • ‘She was prepared for an angry confrontation but was shocked when her mother simply began to weep.’
    • ‘Anjar's mother wept with joy, she could not believe that he had returned.’
    • ‘And his big blue eyes filled with tears when his grandfather wept.’
    • ‘So, I sing songs to the mothers, and the mothers begin to weep.’
    • ‘A mother broke down and wept when she visited the scene where her son was killed yesterday.’
    • ‘The teenager's mother wept and was comforted by his father as their son was led from the dock.’
    • ‘Tears fell down his face as he began to weep bitterly.’
    • ‘She heard her mother begin to weep softly as her father comforted her.’
    • ‘When she saw Rose and all her brothers, their mother wept tears of joy.’
    • ‘He began to weep, the tears falling faster and faster from his eyes, running down his face.’
    • ‘Jodi's mother wept as the verdict was announced.’
    • ‘The weary mother wept as the bus began its long journey back to her small village.’
    • ‘Silently, she buried her face in the pillow, and wept.’
    • ‘She begins to weep, her body shaking, and then, when her grief is purged, she stares dead ahead.’
    • ‘Matt's mother went to sit down, beginning to weep bitterly.’
    • ‘Sarah's brother wept and hugged his mother after showing police where the eight-year-old disappeared, the court heard.’
    • ‘She held the pillow to her face, letting it soak up her tears, and wept silently.’
    • ‘There was a lot of discussion, a lot of negotiation between the two sides, there was tears, there was weeping.’
    • ‘Inside the apartment, Saeed's mother wept as she sat on the floor, surrounded by female relatives and other mourners.’
    • ‘This time she'd been crying, weeping big hot tears.’
    cry, shed tears, sob, snivel, whimper, whine, mewl, bawl, lament, grieve, mourn, keen, wail
    boohoo, blub, blubber
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Utter or express with tears.
      [with direct speech] ‘“No!” she wept’
      back out, pull out, cancel, withdraw, beg off, excuse oneself
      View synonyms
    2. 1.2archaic [with object]Mourn for; shed tears over.
      ‘a young widow weeping her lost lord’
  • 2Exude liquid.

    ‘she rubbed one of the sores, making it weep’
    • ‘I recently saw a 64 year old man with a skin lesion on his knee that had been intermittently weeping pus over the past four weeks and had been growing in size.’
    • ‘These blisters eventually burst to reveal small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid.’
    • ‘That eye may redden and weep, and the nostril on that side may experience stuffiness and discharge.’
    • ‘They may weep, and eventually grow a crust or scab.’
    • ‘Does anyone know the correct term for when the leaves ooze water or weep?’
    • ‘I could understand how skin like this might weep or bleed on occasion.’
    give off, give out, discharge, release, send out, send forth, emit, issue, emanate
    View synonyms


  • [in singular] A fit or spell of shedding tears.

    • ‘She still has little weeps to herself when she thinks about Donald but she's on the mend.’
    cry, sob, snivel, whimper, mewl, bawl, lament
    flood of tears
    blub, blubber
    View synonyms


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