- The definition of a corpse is a dead body.
An example of a corpse is what you'd see at a funeral with an open casket.
- a dead body, esp. of a person
- something once vigorous but now lifeless and of no use
- Obsolete a living body
Origin of corpsevariant, variety of corps
A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.
Origin of corpseMiddle English corps, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present corpses, present participle corpsing, simple past and past participle corpsed)