Corpse definition

kôrps
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A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.
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Something once vigorous but now lifeless and of no use.
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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.

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(archaic, sometimes derogatory) A human body in general, whether living or dead.
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(intransitive, slang, of an act) To lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably.
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A dead body, esp. of a person.
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(obs.) A living body.
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A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
corpse
Plural:
corpses

Origin of corpse

  • Middle English corps from Latin corpus kwrep- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cors, from Latin corpus (“body”)

    From Wiktionary