Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A living body; the physical frame of an animal, especially of a human being.
  • noun A dead body, especially, and usually, of a human being: originally with the epithet dead expressed or implied in the context.
  • noun Eccles., the land with which a prebend or other ecclesiastical office in England is endowed.
  • noun Synonyms Remains, corse (poetic).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A human body in general, whether living or dead; -- sometimes contemptuously.
  • noun The dead body of a human being; -- used also Fig.
  • noun A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the customary watching with a corpse on the night before its interment. (b) A luminous appearance, resembling the flame of a candle, sometimes seen in churchyards and other damp places, superstitiously regarded as portending death.
  • noun the gate of a burial place through which the dead are carried, often having a covered porch; -- called also lich gate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a dead body
  • verb intransitive, slang to lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably

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

  • noun the dead body of a human being

Etymologies

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

[Middle English corps, from Latin corpus; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin corpus ("body")

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  • 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

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    idiots'>another wonderful acronym courtesy of elgiad007 on idiots

    November 13, 2008

  • 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

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

    October 31, 2010

  • 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