Definition of comp in English:

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Pronunciation: /kämp/


1Short for:
1.2North American A complimentary ticket or voucher.
Example sentences
  • A patron may receive complimentaries, or comps, such as a free night's hotel stay or tickets to a show, based on the kind of player he or she is rated to be.
  • A third friend, having just snared comps to Fiddler, caterwauled into her cell phone, ‘Aren't you just dying to see it again?’
1.3North American Compensation.
Example sentences
  • Generally, businesses make up-front payments to cover workers' comp for the year.
  • But for many employees, worker's comp is their only insurance; thus, there's incentive for workers to blame injuries on the workplace to get treatment.
  • Anyone just hurt by this type of thing is, of course, not covered in any way by something like workman's comp, and the company won't accept responsibility for anything before you punch that clock.
1.4 (also comp time) Compensatory time.
Example sentences
  • It is generally illegal to give employees straight comp time -- one hour off for every extra hour worked -- rather than overtime pay.
  • By design, comp time is intended to reduce employee pay as a trade-off for shorter hours.
  • It's still too early to sort out the workplace implications of a second term, but it looks as if health care savings accounts and comp time are in.
1.5A musical accompaniment.


[with object]
1Play (music) as an accompaniment, especially in jazz or blues: if someone is comping chord changes, there are more textured harmonies [no object]: he comps with an open, jangly sound
More example sentences
  • ‘The Jackroller’ alternates between this odd combination and a textbook funk section filled with slap bass and standard jazz guitar comping.
  • But even as ‘Reservations’ winds down, what might have been a three-minute song stretches out to seven minutes of quiet, solemn, funereal feedback and synth wash with a grand piano comping widely spaced minor chords.
  • He mainly sticks to keyboards, and instead of adding blunt synth washes, he comps in subtle colors (as well as his patented deep-sea sonar pings).
2North American Give (something) away free, especially as part of a promotion: the management did graciously comp our wine selection
More example sentences
  • You want to comp something, comp the extra wine we've had to drink waiting for each other.
  • The waitress comped our dessert as an apology for the bresaola which was a nice touch, but really, I think I would have happily paid through the nose for this stuff.
  • Aficionados of business dinners will know that this wasn't actually spent on the meal (the befuddled restaurateur comped the food) but on the wine, most of which was older than they are.
3 short for composite.


[attributive] North American
1Complimentary; free: the average fan was unable to get comp press tickets
More example sentences
  • Along the way I turned into a con man: always poaching a good time for little or no money, getting free hard and soft goods, and comp lift tickets.
  • Think of an executive, in town for local meetings, who gets comp tickets to a baseball game from a client.
  • I felt momentarily obliged to offer him a cookie, if not a hug and a comp ticket for the clue train.
2 short for compensatory.

Words that rhyme with comp

chomp, clomp, pomp, romp, stomp, swamp, tromp, whomp, yomp

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