Definition of parp in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɑːp/

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A honking sound produced by, or like that produced by, a car horn: the gentle parp of a military band
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  • Disco beats and falsetto vocals nestled up to squelchy parps and ghost noises, and all to an accompaniment of flashing light-sabres.
  • The quirky ‘Jump’ is a massive improvement on ‘Fly Or Die’, all harpsichord synth parps, funky bass, and teenage runaways phoning home.
  • A couple of parps and he'd had enough, leaving me to savour the spoils of victory.


[no object]
Make a honking sound: the organ parped into the Bridal March
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  • At least I think it's the whistle; it could be the sound of the steam parping out of my ears thanks to the performance of this computer.
  • Another boat went past, bigger, the other way and parped loudly.
  • Then again the French whistler parped so much he could have beat out a samba.


1950s: imitative.

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