From Middle English harpe, from Old English hearpe (“harp”), from Proto-West Germanic *harpā, from Proto-Germanic *harpǭ (“harp”). Cognate with Scots hairp (“harp”), West Frisian harpe, harp (“harp”), Low German Harp (“harp”), Dutch harp (“harp”), German Harfe (“harp”), Danish harpe (“harp”), Swedish harpa (“harp”).
harp (plural harps)
- (music) A musical instrument consisting of a body and a curved neck, strung with strings of varying length that are stroked or plucked with the fingers and are vertical to the soundboard when viewed from the end of the body
- 1568, William Cornishe [i.e., William Cornysh], “In the Fleete Made by Me William Cornishe otherwise Called Nyshwhete Chapelman with the Most Famose and Noble Kyng Henry the VII. His Reygne the XIX. Yere the Moneth of July. A Treatise betwene Trouth, and Information.”, in John Skelton; J[ohn] S[tow], editor, Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate, Imprinted at London: In Fletestreate, neare vnto Saint Dunstones Churche by Thomas Marshe, →OCLC; republished as Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate to King Henry the VIIIth, London: Printed for C. Davis in Pater-noster Row, 1736, →OCLC, page 290:
- The Harpe. […] A harper with his wreſt maye tune the harpe wrong / Mys tunying of an Inſtrument ſhal hurt a true ſonge
- Any instrument of the same musicological type.
- (colloquial) A harmonica.
- (Scotland) A grain sieve.
- Short for harp seal.
- 2006, John Gimlette, Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador, page 225:
- More likely, it was the prospect of meat. Curwen was by now craving a juicy roast – 'even seal chop' – and was always loosing off at tickleasses and harps.
- æolian harp
- arched harp
- Celtic harp
- harp closure
- harp guitarist
- harp holder
- harp on
- harp on one string
- harp on the same string
- harp shackle
- harp shell
- harp snail
- jaws' harp
- jaw's harp
- jaws harp
- Jaw's harp
- Jewes harp
- jewes harp
- jew harp
- jews harp
- Jews harp
- jew's harp
- Jews' harp
- Kafir harp
- lamp harp
- laser harp
- Welsh harp
harp (third-person singular simple present harps, present participle harping, simple past and past participle harped)
- (usually with on) To repeatedly mention a subject.
- Why do you harp on a single small mistake?(US)
- Why do you harp on about a single small mistake?(UK)
- (transitive) To play on (a harp or similar instrument).
- (transitive) To play (a tune) on the harp.
- (transitive, archaic) To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
- c. 1606 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- Thou harped my fear aright.
- keep on about
- 2013. The Physics of Musical Instruments. Neville H. Fletcher, Thomas Rossing. Pg. 331.
From Middle Dutch harpe, from Old Dutch *harpa, from Proto-Germanic *harpǭ.
harp f or m (plural harpen, diminutive harpje n)
From Ottoman Turkish حرب (harb), borrowed from Arabic حَرْب (ḥarb).
harp (definite accusative harbi, plural harpler)
- (archaic) war
- Synonym: savaş
- 1941 June 23, Yenigün:
- Alman-Rus harbinde bitaraf kalacağız
- We will remain neutral in the German-Russian war
Borrowed from Arabic حَرْف (ḥarf).
harp (definite accusative harpy, plural harplar)
- letter (of an alphabet)