harper[härˈpər], Stephen Joseph Born 1959.
, Stephen Joseph Born 1959.
Variant of harp
- 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
- Slang harmonica (sense )
Origin: Middle 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)
- harper noun
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