A woman playing a harp.
- The definition of a harp is a string instrument that is played by plucking the strings which are set in an open triangular frame, or the metal frame on a lamp that hold the lampshade.
An example of a harp is the instrument angels are often depicted as playing.
- Harp is defined as to play the string instrument commonly associated with angels, or to persist in discussing something that others don't want to discuss.
- An example of harp is to play the stringed harp instrument in an orchestra.
- An example of harp is to continually bring up a fight that happened five years ago.
- a musical instrument with strings stretched vertically in an open, triangular frame and played by plucking with the fingers: the modern harp has usually forty-six strings and, to permit the playing of halftones, seven foot-pedals
- a harp-shaped object or implement
- harmonica (sense )
Origin of harpMiddle English from Old English hearpe, akin to German harfe from Germanic an unverified form harpa from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kerb(h)-, to bend, curve (from source shrimp): from the shape of the instrument
- to play a harp
- to persist in talking or writing tediously or continuously (on or upon something)
- Music a. An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar, a curved neck, and a hollow back containing the sounding board, with usually 46 or 47 strings of graded lengths that are played by plucking with the fingers.b. Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar or U-shaped design.c. Informal A harmonica.
- Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
intransitive verbharped, harp·ing, harps
Origin of harpMiddle English from Old English hearpe and from Old French harpe of Germanic origin
top: Welsh harpist Eluned Pierce
bottom: lamp harp
(third-person singular simple present harps, present participle harping, simple past and past participle harped)
- (usually with on) To repeatedly mention a subject.
From Old English hearpe, from Proto-Germanic *harpǭ. Cognate with Dutch harp, German Harfe, Swedish harpa.
- An occupational surname for a player of the harp.