harp

noun
\ ˈhärp How to pronounce harp (audio) \

Definition of harp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plucked stringed instrument consisting of a resonator, an arched or angled neck that may be supported by a post, and strings of graded length that are perpendicular to the soundboard
2 : something resembling a harp

harp

verb
harped; harping; harps

Definition of harp (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to play on a harp
2 : to dwell on or recur to a subject tiresomely or monotonously usually used with on

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Noun

harp 1

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Other Words from harp

Noun

harpist \ ˈhär-​pist How to pronounce harpist (audio) \ noun

Examples of harp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Scottish American Cultural Society of Ohio organizes the festival, which includes traditional Highland athletics, Ohio’s strongest Celt, stones of strength, Highland dance, and harp and fiddle. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ohio Scottish Games & Celtic Festival canceled," 28 Apr. 2020 During this sequence, the audience hears strings, flute, harp and piano. Michael Slowik, The Conversation, "The secret to the success of two Oscar-nominated scores," 10 Feb. 2020 Trojahn’s orchestral writing is similarly fluent: the pacing is confident, the coloristic contrasts intelligent, and there are some beguiling textures; a diaphanous web of harp and stratospheric string harmonics early in the opera was breathtaking. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 There were actually a few weeks of concerts with DSO that did not have harp in them, so I was scheduled to perform recitals and chamber concerts in Philadelphia, Minnesota, and New York. Alia Akkam, SELF, "What It’s Like to Be a Musician Who Suddenly Can’t Do Live Performances," 27 Apr. 2020 What followed was the sort of high note-hitting and lit harp-playing that a typical Florence + the Machine show entails, but something about this warm June night set it apart from all the others. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Best Live Shows Of 2019: Staff Picks," 4 Dec. 2019 BluesGrass is the acoustic duo of Jon Swift on bass and Mark White on guitar/harp. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 17 Oct. 2019 They were accompanied by Met assistant conductor Howard Watkins at the piano and principal harp Emmanuel Ceysson. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "How stars are helping us cope with coronavirus, from Patton Oswalt's stand-up to Amy Adams reading books to kids online," 16 Mar. 2020 Celebrate the Irish: Elise Panehal will share Celtic culture, accompanying her songs with piano and folk harp, at a 7 p.m. program March 4 at the Fairview Park Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 21255 Lorain Road, Fairview Park. cleveland, "Pancake breakfasts benefit Olmsted Historical Society: A Place in the Sun," 25 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The piece opens with agitated flourishes in the guitar and harp that build to a sudden exclamation. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The Davin-Levin Duo’s relaxing debut album, ‘Banter,’ couldn’t have come at a better time," 22 Apr. 2020 The biggest thing that everyone has harped on has been the cash payments. Alvin Melathe, The Atlantic, "Social Distance: Will $2 Trillion Be Enough?," 27 Mar. 2020 Seguin’s improved play in his own zone was one of the things that interim head coach Rick Bowness often harped on during Seguin’s drought. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ Best of the Season: Tyler Seguin’s OT goal in Montreal caps all-around night," 25 Mar. 2020 According to research, most of us are far more comfortably harping on our shortcomings than giving ourselves compliments. Srini Pillay, Quartz at Work, "Picturing your own success can make you more successful," 21 Feb. 2020 The ball caught nothing but backboard, which Calipari harped upon postgame. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Off the mark: UK's poor 3-point shooting against Ole Miss highlights weakness," 16 Feb. 2020 After Buttigieg harped on Klobuchar forgetting the name of Mexico's President, Warren came to her defence and said that this little faux pas is not the same as having in-concrete policies and plans like some of the other candidates on stage. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "Bernie, Warren & Everyone Else Came For Bloomberg At The Democratic Debate," 20 Feb. 2020 Buttigieg had strong moments, but also harped on Klobuchar’s failure, during an interview, to come up with the name of the President of Mexico. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "A Very Bad Night for Michael Bloomberg in a Chaotic Democratic Debate," 20 Feb. 2020 The strength coaches aren't sitting there harping on them to do a post workout stretch. oregonlive, "Oregon State defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar loves what he’s seeing from ‘player-driven’ offseason workouts: Q and A," 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of harp

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for harp

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hearpe; akin to Old High German harpha harp

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The first known use of harp was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Harp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harp. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for harp

harp

noun
How to pronounce harp (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of harp

: a musical instrument that has strings stretched across a large open frame and that is played with your fingers

harp

noun
\ ˈhärp How to pronounce harp (audio) \

Kids Definition of harp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame set with strings that are plucked by the fingers

harp

verb
harped; harping

Kids Definition of harp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to call attention to something over and over again The teacher harped on her mistake.

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