corpse

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From Old French cors, from Latin corpus(body). Displaced native Old English lic.

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corpse ‎(plural corpses)

  1. A dead body.
  2. (archaic, sometimes derogatory) A human body in general, whether living or dead.

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corpse ‎(third-person singular simple present corpses, present participle corpsing, simple past and past participle corpsed)

  1. (intransitive, slang, of an actor) To lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably.
    • 1993, John Banville, Ghosts
      There were still moments when she would halt suddenly, like an actor stranded in the middle of the stage, lines forgotten, staring goggle-eyed and making fish-mouths...Corpsing: that was the word.

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