See also: Tērp and 'terp

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Clipping of interpreter.

NounEdit

terp (plural terps)

  1. (military or Deaf slang) An interpreter (translator).
    • 1994 September 15, Tom Lyczko, “Comments on ASL Interpreter Position Description”, in DEAF-L mailing list[1], message-ID <Pine.3.89.9409151534.A19989-0100000@gamera.syr.edu>:
      I don't think it's at all appropriate to hire a terp to review your correspondences, reports, grammar, tone, style, etc. It is completely YOUR responsibility to perform effective written communication tasks.
    • 2003 November 27, Paul Watson, “Losing Its Few Good Men”, in Los Angeles Times:
      But for troops in the new Afghan army, there is a particular irritant: Afghan interpreters working with U.S. soldiers — called terps by troops in the field — can earn more than an Afghan army officer.
    • 2013, Marc Dauphin, Combat Doctor: Life and Death Stories from Kandahar's Military Hospital, Toronto: Dundurn Press, →ISBN, page 197:
      We don't understand what he's saying, of course, but he looks like he knows what he's saying. There's a certain something that emanates from a confused patient that this fellow doesn't have. I sure wish I had more 'terps. Well, we're not going to CT him right away.
  2. (computing, slang) An interpreter (program that parses and executes another program).
    • 2001 July 23, Fillmore, “Z-Machine terp”, in rec.arts.int-fiction, Usenet[2], message-ID <6j177.12538$Iz3.3461071@news2-win.server.ntlworld.com>:
      So, I'm writing a Z-Machine terp. It is not done. It's getting there. Now, I have some ideas of things I would like this terp to do, but I thought it might be a nice idea to find out if there are any features that other people on this newsgroup would like in a Z-Machine terp.
    • 2009 September 15, Dannii, “IF System Idea”, in rec.arts.int-fiction, Usenet[3], message-ID <15cd3135-0302-421e-be03-d40a5dbb1645@m7g2000prd.googlegroups.com>:
      As far as I know all the TADS terps are just ports of the original.
Alternative formsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Clipping of terpene.

NounEdit

terp (plural terps)

  1. Any of various essential oils containing monoterpene alcohols which are added to a henna mix to darken the color.

VerbEdit

terp (third-person singular simple present terps, present participle terping, simple past and past participle terped)

  1. (transitive) To add such an essential oil to (a henna mix).

Etymology 3Edit

Clipping of Terpsichore, the goddess of dance and the dramatic chorus in Greek mythology.

NounEdit

terp (countable and uncountable, plural terps)

  1. (dated, slang) Dance.
    • 1946 December 14, “Broadway Openings: If the Shoe Fits”, in The Billboard, volume 58, number 50, page 48:
      In the terp section, Barbara Perry, last here in a straight role in Swan Song, scores smartly as a dancer, and lanky Jack Williams holds down the other lead stepping slot with his intricate tap routines. Dancing is overall excellent, but as noted above, there is too much of it.
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VerbEdit

terp (third-person singular simple present terps, present participle terping, simple past and past participle terped)

  1. (transitive, dated, slang) To dance.
    • 1946 December 14, Frank Gill, “Jooss Ballet Juice In Return to B'way”, in The Billboard, volume 58, number 50, page 48:
      Longhair terping got another boost around these parts Tuesday (3) when the Jooss Ballet returned to the New York City Center for a three-week stint. Heavy balletomane audience was on hand, generous in its applause welcoming back this unique troupe after a five-year wartime absence.

Etymology 4Edit

 terp on Wikipedia
 
A terp in Hooge, Germany

From Dutch terp (terp).

NounEdit

terp (plural terps or terpen)

  1. An artificial dwelling mound found on the North European Plain that has been created to provide safe ground during storm surges, high tides and sea or river flooding.
    • 1898, The Outlook, volume 60, page 281:
      Most Dutch cities began on a terp or artificial mound to which the prehistoric amphibious folk rushed for refuge when floods rolled in.

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DutchEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from West Frisian terp, from Old Frisian therp, from Proto-West Germanic *þorp, from Proto-Germanic *þurpą, *þrepą (village, farmstead, troop), from Proto-Indo-European *treb- (dwelling, room). Doublet of dorp.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

terp m (plural terpen, diminutive terpje n)

  1. artificial mound or hillock used as shelter during high tide

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian thorp, therp, from Proto-West Germanic *þorp.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

terp c (plural terpen, diminutive terpke)

  1. artificial mound or hillock used as shelter during high tide
  2. (archaic) village
    Synonym: doarp

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Dutch: terp

Further readingEdit

  • terp”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011