Etymology
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weep (v.)

Old English wepan "shed tears, cry; bewail, mourn over; complain" (class VII strong verb; past tense weop, past participle wopen), from Proto-Germanic *wopjan (source also of Old Norse op, Old High German wuof "shout, shouting, crying," Old Saxon wopian, Gothic wopjan "to shout, cry out, weep"), from PIE *wab- "to cry, scream" (source also of Latin vapulare "to be flogged;" Old Church Slavonic vupiti "to call," vypu "gull"). Of water naturally forming on stones, walls, etc., from c. 1400. Related: Wept; weeping; weeper.

updated on March 23, 2016

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Definitions of weep from WordNet

weep (v.)
shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain;
The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs
Synonyms: cry
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