Weep vs Peep - What's the difference?

weep | peep |

As a verb weep

is to cry; shed tears.

As a noun weep

is the lapwing; the wipe.

As an acronym peep is

(slang) a world war ii jeep attached to an armored regiment.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) wepen, from (etyl) .


  • To cry; shed tears.
  • * Longfellow
  • They wept together in silence.
  • To lament; to complain.
  • * Bible, Numbers xi. 13
  • They weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
  • (medicine, of a, wound or sore) To produce secretions.
  • To flow in drops; to run in drops.
  • a weeping spring, which discharges water slowly
  • * Shakespeare
  • The blood weeps from my heart.
  • To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; said of a plant or its branches.
  • (obsolete) To weep over; to bewail.
  • * Prior
  • Fair Venus wept the sad disaster / Of having lost her favorite dove.
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * weep in one's beer * weepy * weeping willow

    Etymology 2

    Imitative of its cry.


    (en noun)
  • The lapwing; the wipe.
  • peep


    Etymology 1

    Onomatopoeic, from (etyl) pepen


    (en noun)
  • A quiet sound, particularly one from a baby bird.
  • A feeble utterance or complaint.
  • I don't want to hear a peep out of you !
  • The sound of a steam engine's whistle; typically shrill.
  • 2001 , , Thomas the tank engine collection : a unique collection of stories from the railway series - p. 177 - Egmont Books, Limited, Aug 15, 2001
    "Peep', ' peep ," said Edward, "I'm ready."
    "Peep', '''peep''', ' peep ," said Henry, "so am I."
  • A kind of bird; a sandpiper.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make a soft, shrill noise like a baby bird.
  • To speak briefly with a quiet voice.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To look, especially while trying not to be seen or noticed.
  • :
  • *
  • *:And it was while all were passionately intent upon the pleasing and snake-like progress of their uncle that a young girl in furs, ascending the stairs two at a time, peeped perfunctorily into the nursery as she passed the hallway—and halted amazed.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=But Richmond
  • To begin to appear; to look forth from concealment; to make the first appearance.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:When flowers first peeped , and trees did blossoms bear.
  • Hypernyms
    * glance


    (en noun)
  • A quick look or glimpse, especially a furtive one.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1907 , title=(The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses) , author=Robert W. Service , chapter=(The Cremation of Sam McGee) , passage=I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside. / I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked";. . . then the door I opened wide.}}

    Derived terms

    * bo-peep * by-peep * peeper, peepers * peep pixels * peep show * peeping tom * pixel peeper

    Etymology 3

    Of uncertain origin


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A spot on a die or domino.
  • Synonyms
    * (spot on die or domino) pip

    Etymology 4

    , a shortened form of people.


    (en noun)
  • (British, slang) person.
  • English onomatopoeias English palindromes