Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dead body, especially the dead body of a human.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a dead body
  • v. to lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously.
  • n. The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a corpse of; murder.
  • To ‘put out’ or confuse (an actor) in speaking his lines or to spoil (his ‘business’) by some blunder or mistake.
  • n. A living body; the physical frame of an animal, especially of a human being.
  • n. A dead body, especially, and usually, of a human being: originally with the epithet dead expressed or implied in the context.
  • n. Eccles., the land with which a prebend or other ecclesiastical office in England is endowed.
  • n. Synonyms Remains, corse (poetic).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the dead body of a human being

Etymologies

Middle English corps, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin corpus ("body") (Wiktionary)

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  • I'd never heard this as a verb, I don't think! As in:
    "Maureen emerged from behind the counter in her short black dress and frilly apron, and Shirley corpsed into her coffee."
    The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, p 351

    January 10, 2013

  • heard it on a fbi investigation that cops found a corpse.

    October 31, 2010

  • As a verb: 'The conceit of death by laughter is a curious one and not restricted to the ancient world. Anthony Trollope, for example, is reputed to have “corpsed�? during a reading of F. Anstey’s comic novel Vice Versa.'

    February 19, 2009

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    idiots'>another wonderful acronym courtesy of elgiad007 on idiots

    November 13, 2008

  • I fought in a war and I left my friends behind me
    To go looking for the enemy, and it wasn't very long
    Before I would stand with another boy in front of me
    And a corpse that just fell into me, with the bullets flying round.


    (I fought in a war, by Belle and Sebastian)

    August 24, 2008