derp

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Etymology

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Possibly from the term duh, a sound indicating faltering speech and assumed stupidity, glottalized for emphasis.

Interjection

derp

  1. (slang) Draws attention to an act of foolishness or stupidity.
    I put chips in my soup instead of crackers. Derp.
    • 1997 February 25, Treichler, Pete, “Re: Patrick Incompentence Redux”[1], alt.sports.hockey.nhl.pit-penguins, Usenet, message-ID <Yn4ObEO00iV6A1SFx_@andrew.cmu.edu>#1/1>:
      Now that I think of it, i'm surprised that you didn't make fun of his first name as well- 'How could you believe in a guy who has a girly first name?' derp- you are a fool.
  2. (slang) placeholder for unimportant details, blah blah blah
    • 2002 November 27, “The Biggest Douche in the Universe”, South Park[2], season 6, episode 15, 14:28:
      Rob Schneider derp dee derp. Derp dee derpity derpy derp. Until one day, a derp a derp a derp a derp.
    • 2011 January 10, Allen, Tom, “Re: Expression of a woman's sexuality”[3], soc.sexuality.general, Usenet, message-ID <add2880c-51f2-48ba-bcb1-4f9bff60dd58@l24g2000vby.googlegroups.com>:
      Me: Hi, remember me from SSG? Can I ask you about herping the derp?
      R1: Oh, hai Tom. Sure, that would be the derp that was herping blah blah blah...

Usage notes

In the placeholder sense, often used with herp. Can be used like a noun or a verb or with various suffixes. Connotes that whatever it stands in for does not matter, and often that it is foolish or nonsensical.

Verb

derp ‎(third-person singular simple present derps, present participle derping, simple past and past participle derped)

  1. To act stupidly or foolishly
  2. To make a stupid mistake
    • 2011 August 22, Scion-of-Fenrir, “Re: 4e Forgotten Realms Campaign”[4], Google Groups: /tg/'s Google group:
      Wait, so we're allowed to have magic items from the start? I must of derped pretty hard.
  3. (slang, of eyes) To point in different directions; (of a person) To have a facial expression with one's eyes pointing in different directions.
    • 2012 April 22, Double Eight, “Re: Next Meetup”[5], Google Groups: Windy City Bronies:
      Also, there was a Derpy cameo in this one, but she didn't have derped eyes.
    • 2012 October 25, Benchoff, Brian, “Electronic demon costume is surprisingly unnerving”[6], Hack A Day:
      The eyes are wired to the same I2C address to prevent derping, but the three red mouth LED matrices are capable of displaying anything that fits on an 8×24 LED matrix.

Derived terms


Old High German

Pronunciation

Adjective

derp

  1. Alternative form of derb