from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that weeps.
  • noun A hired mourner.
  • noun A badge of mourning, such as a black hatband or veil.
  • noun A hole or pipe in a wall to allow water to run off.
  • noun Informal A highly sentimental artistic, cinematic, or dramatic work.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun plural Long side-whiskers.
  • noun One who weeps; one who sheds tears; specifically, a hired mourner at a funeral.
  • noun Something worn conventionally as a badge of mourning.
  • noun A long hatband, like a scarf, of crape or other black stuff, worn by men at a funeral.
  • noun The long black crape veil worn by a widow in her weeds.
  • noun Anything resembling a weeper in senses 1 and 2 in shape or use.
  • noun The South American capuchin monkey, Cebus capucinus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who weeps; esp., one who sheds tears.
  • noun A white band or border worn on the sleeve as a badge of mourning.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The capuchin. See Capuchin, 3 (a).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Agent noun of weep; a person who weeps.
  • noun A hired mourner.
  • noun A thing that slowly leaks liquid.
  • noun A weeping tree.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who weeps
  • noun a hired mourner


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  • The other offered us her services as a "weeper," which meant that if we had anything we were feeling sad about, she would do our weeping for us.


  • From its gaunt branches hung a black, funeral kind of weeper, a kind of moss resembling iron-gray horse-hair both in texture and uses, though not so long in the staple.

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  • Judicious watering, including through subterranean "weeper" pipes fed from 20-litre containers of rainwater collected from the roof of the church helped the plants through the worst of the heat.


  • "women's" picture, a sentimental "weeper" if you will, but I needed to see it, as I'll never pass up a film that includes James Garner.

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  • In the spirit of the emcee's Valentine's Day weeper, I'd like SNL to make this vow: Never book Channing Tatum again.

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  • There are manly love songs (like the mid-tempo "Heartache That Don't Stop Hurting," stopped from being a full-fledge weeper only by Aldean's limited range).

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  • When Gloria, Vera's employer, gets a shot at the lead role in a high-calorie weeper called "The Belle of New Orleans" that also has a small but choice part for a slave, Vera contrives through elaborately silly means to audition for the part.

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  • As for the crying… I'm no great weeper, any tears shed at fringes past most likely those of boozy mirth in some dingy standup den; who knows what happened here.

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  • A shout out to East End Country Gent Liam Watson for introducing us to the ways of the weeper.

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  • Not so long ago, she won over hearts as a trusting single mom in "Jerry Maguire," starred opposite Meryl Streep in a mother-daughter weeper and racked up Academy Award nominations three years in a row, ultimately winning an Oscar for "Cold Mountain" in 2004.

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