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

  • 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).
  • 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the dead body of a human being


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