\ ˈpərp How to pronounce perp (audio) \

Definition of perp

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: a perpetrator especially of a crime

Definition of perp (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of perp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jen Shah, though not arrested in Palm Beach, is on hand to tell the crowd how to do a perp walk in style. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 16 Aug. 2021 After being perp-walked in front of her neighbors and on the evening news, Peoples spent years fighting the truancy charges in court, refusing to plead guilty. Piper Kerman, Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Evil Big Pharma execs giving press conferences before getting perp-walked? Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 17 June 2021 There’s another version of Loki loose on the timeline and only the god himself can outsmart the perp. Kelsea Stahler,, 9 June 2021 In the clip, Danny (played by Donnie Wahlberg) is shown busting into a crime scene with his gun raised, only to find his nephew, Joe Hill (played by Will Hochman), standing alongside the perp. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 15 May 2021 The perp, later identified as 38-year-old parolee Brandon Elliot, can be seen on the security camera video kicking 65-year-old Vilma Kari in the stomach and stomping repeatedly on her head. Clarence Page,, 2 Apr. 2021 When a perp becomes fixated on Benson, the entire squad is on edge. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2021 For a community on edge about persecution, the late-night perp walk was bad optics. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of perp


1968, in the meaning defined above

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2 Oct 2021

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“Perp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of perp

: a person who commits a crime or does something wrong


\ ˈpərp How to pronounce perp (audio) \

Legal Definition of perp

: a perpetrator of a crime

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