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.

  • 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).
  • 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.

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