corpse

  • 1 Corpse — (k[^o]rps), n. [OF. cors (sometimes written corps), F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See {Midriff}, and cf. {Corse}, {Corselet}, {Corps}, {Cuerpo}.] 1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 corpse — I noun body, cadaver, carcass, carrion, casualty, corpus, dead body, dead person, deceased, departed, individual, lifeless body, mortal remains, murder victim, organic remains, remains, victim associated concepts: corpus delicti II index body …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 corpse — [ko:ps US ko:rps] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: corps; CORPS] the dead body of a person = ↑body ▪ The corpse was found by children playing in the woods …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 4 corpse — [ kɔrps ] noun count * the body of a dead person: They found his corpse a week later, washed up on the shore …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 5 corpse — 1540s, variant spelling of CORPS (Cf. corps) (q.v.). The p originally was silent, as in French, and with some speakers still is. The terminal e was rare before 19c. Corpse candle is attested from 1690s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 corpse — carcass, cadaver, *body Analogous words: remains (see REMAINDER) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 corpse — [n] dead body body, bones*, cadaver, carcass, carrion, deceased, departed, mort*, remains, stiff*; concepts 390,417 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 corpse — ► NOUN ▪ a dead body, especially of a human. ► VERB theatrical slang ▪ spoil a piece of acting by forgetting one s lines or laughing uncontrollably. ORIGIN Latin corpus …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 corpse — [kôrps] n. [var. of CORPS] 1. a dead body, esp. of a person 2. something once vigorous but now lifeless and of no use 3. Obs. a living body SYN. BODY …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 corpse — n. 1) to bury; lay out a corpse 2) to dig up, exhume a corpse 3) a corpse decays, decomposes, rots * * * [kɔːps] decomposes exhume a corpse lay out a corpse rots a corpse decays to bury to dig up …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 corpse — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ human ▪ naked ▪ bloody, charred, headless, mangled, mutilated ▪ decaying …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 Corpse — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Corpse >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 corpse corpse corse carcass cadaver bones skeleton dry bones Sgm: N 1 defunct defunct relics reliquiae remains mortal remains …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 corpse */ — UK [kɔː(r)ps] / US [kɔrps] noun [countable] Word forms corpse : singular corpse plural corpses the body of a dead person …

    English dictionary

  • 14 corpse — corps, corpse Corps, meaning ‘body of people’, is pronounced like core in the singular and like cores in the plural. It should be distinguished from corpse, meaning ‘dead body’, which is pronounced kawps …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 corpse — 1. n. an empty liquor or beer bottle. (See also dead soldier.) □ Sam tossed another corpse out the window. □ Throw your corpses in the trash can, you jerk! 2. n. a cigarette butt. □ The wino picked up the corpse and put it in a little box of them …

    Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • 16 corpse — n. a dead (usu. human) body. Phrases and idioms: corpse candle 1 a lambent flame seen in a churchyard or over a grave, regarded as an omen of death. 2 a lighted candle placed beside a corpse before burial. Etymology: ME corps, var. spelling of… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 17 corpse — SYN: cadaver. [L. corpus, body] * * * corpse kȯ(ə)rps n a dead body esp. of a human being * * * (korps) [corpus] a dead body; used to refer specifically to a human body in the early period after death. Cf. cadaver …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 corpse — Synonyms and related words: ashes, barebones, bean pole, beanstalk, body, bones, broomstick, cadaver, carcass, carrion, clay, clothes pole, corpus delicti, crowbait, dead body, dead man, dead person, decedent, dry bones, dust, earth, embalmed… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 corpse — [14] Latin corpus ‘body’ has two direct descendants in English: corpse, which came via Old French cors, and corps [18], which came via modern French corps. The former first entered English in the 13th century as cors, and during the 14th century… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 Corpse — 30 minutes past the hour: corpse four …

    Dictionary of Australian slang