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Pronunciation: /kɔːps

Definition of corpse in English:


A dead body, especially of a human being rather than an animal: the corpse of a man lay there figurative he believed that fascism would revive the corpse of Europe
More example sentences
  • Then for the next 8 hours during the second stage I evacuated corpses or dead bodies.
  • Lisa Morgan, 30, a legal secretary from Chatham, Kent, clung to a tree for six hours, surrounded by human corpses and dead animals.
  • He emphasizes that their dead bodies, their corpses, will fall in the wilderness.
dead body, body, cadaver, carcass, skeleton;
informal stiff
archaic corse


[no object] theatrical slang Back to top  
1Spoil a piece of acting by forgetting one’s lines or laughing uncontrollably: Peter just can’t stop himself corpsing when he is on stage
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  • We finished the dress rehearsal an hour before we let the audience in, and were still finding scenes we could not get through without corpsing (actors laughing at each other on stage) or things that needed to be re-staged for props to work.
  • That's why everyone has a story about a Wise Man corpsing at a key moment, or a showboating Shepherd hogging the limelight.
  • You want a channel full of in-jokes and presenters corpsing on air?
1.1 [with object] Cause (an actor) to forget their lines and start laughing: one singer ad libbed and corpsed his colleagues on stage


Middle English (denoting the living body of a person or animal): alteration of corse by association with Latin corpus, a change which also took place in French (Old French cors becoming corps). The p was originally silent, as in French; the final e was rare before the 19th century, but now distinguishes corpse from corps.

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