• To cry; shed tears.
  • To lament; to complain.
  • To produce secretions.
  • To flow in drops; to run in drops.
  • To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; said of a plant or its branches.
  • To weep over; to bewail.



  • From Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan ("to weep, complain, bewail, mourn over, deplore"), from Proto-West Germanic *wōpijan, from Proto-Germanic *wōpijaną ("to weep"), from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂b- ("to call, cry, complain").
  • Cognate with Scots wepe, weip, Saterland Frisian wapia ("to cry, complain"), Icelandic æpa ("to yell, shout").
  • Imitative of its cry.

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