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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wee-ping]
    • /ˈwi pɪŋ/
    • /wiːp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wee-ping]
    • /ˈwi pɪŋ/

Definitions of weeping word

  • adjective weeping expressing grief, sorrow, or any overwhelming emotion by shedding tears: weeping multitudes. 1
  • adjective weeping tearful; weepy: a weeping fit. 1
  • adjective weeping tending or liable to cry; given to crying. 1
  • adjective weeping dripping or oozing liquid. 1
  • adjective weeping (of trees, shrubs, etc.) having slender, drooping branches. 1
  • verb without object weeping to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry: to weep for joy; to weep with rage. 1

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Origin of weeping

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English; Old English wepende. See weep1, -ing2

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Parts of speech for Weeping


weeping popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

weeping usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for weeping

adjective weeping

  • crying — notorious; lamentable (esp in the phrase crying shame)
  • sobbing — to weep with a convulsive catching of the breath.
  • teary — of or like tears.
  • teary-eyed — with tears welling up in one's eyes: teary-eyed mourners.
  • wailing — to utter a prolonged, inarticulate, mournful cry, usually high-pitched or clear-sounding, as in grief or suffering: to wail with pain.

noun weeping

  • lamentation — the act of lamenting or expressing grief.
  • plaint — a complaint.
  • keening — a wailing lament for the dead.
  • tears — the act of tearing.
  • waterworks — (used with a singular or plural verb) a complete system of reservoirs, pipelines, conduits, etc., by which water is collected, purified, stored, and pumped to urban users.

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