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harp

noun \ ˈhärp \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of harp

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
3 :harmonica 2

harpist

play \ˈhär-pist\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of harp

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


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harp

verb

Definition of harp

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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First Known Use of harp

before 12th century



HARP Defined for English Language Learners

harp

noun

Definition of harp for English Language Learners

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


HARP Defined for Kids

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harp

noun \ ˈhärp \

Definition of harp for Students

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

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harp

verb

Definition of harp for Students

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


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