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  • n. An interpreter (translator).
  • n. An interpreter (program that parses and executes another program).
  • n. Any of various essential oils containing monoterpene alcohols which are added to a henna mix to darken the color.
  • v. To add such an essential oil to (a henna mix).


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Shortening of interpreter.

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Shortening of terpene.


  • re: "terp"--I believe it's short for terrapin, which essentially means turtle.

    Oh Boy, Get Out the Credit Card...New Cupcake Books Galore!!

  • After his reply my interpreter (or "terp") began laughing and told me that his reply was only that American skin is camouflage colored, meaning that the uniform identifies us as American, and no other distinction is needed or made.

    Shaun Alan Jakob: A Single Person Out of Thousands in the Iraqi Countryside

  • In early 2004 she got a job as an interpreter (a "terp" in soldier slang), working in the five-square-mile compound known as the Green Zone around the old presidential compound in the heart of Baghdad.

    Love and War

  • But on the first day at this job, the sergeant asked me my 'terp' name.

    NYT > Home Page

  • But the discussion progressed haltingly, with the "terp" seeming to have trouble keeping up with the conversation.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • An Afghan interpreter, known colloquially by the Americans as a "terp," translated into the local language, Pashto.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • One "terp" from Robert's battalion was killed by an IED.

    Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog

  • “We fought the Soviets because they had no God, they believed in nothing,” they said, as the terp translated.

    November 11th, 2008

  • I'd imagine that, if the phonological constraint still holds, a resulting form *terbʰ- might be pressured into becoming *terp- to maintain the stop voicing harmony of yore.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Update: Well, more than two years later, I've received confirmation the mystery man is a terp.

    Archive 2007-07-01


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  • I wonder if they use the word terpitude (instead of turpitude)

    August 1, 2014

  • small town in Denmark, often then given to immigrants as their last name when they immigrate to the United States.

    July 31, 2014