Harp definition

härp
(informal) A harmonica.
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To play a harp.
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Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
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Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar or U-shaped design.
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To play a harp.
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A harp-shaped object or implement.
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To persist in talking or writing tediously or continuously (on or upon something)
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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.

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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.
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A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with strings that are stroked or plucked with the fingers.
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(colloquial) A harmonica.
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(Scotland) A grain sieve.
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(usually with on) To repeatedly mention a subject.
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An occupational surname​ for a player of the harp.
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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.

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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.
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the Harp
  • the constellation Lyra
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
harp
Plural:
harps

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the Harp

Origin of harp

  • Middle English from Old English hearpe and from Old French harpe of Germanic origin

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

  • From Old English hearpe, from Proto-Germanic *harpǭ. Cognate with Dutch harp, German Harfe, Swedish harpa.

    From Wiktionary