harper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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harp +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

harper (plural harpers)

  1. A harpist, especially one who plays a traditional harp without pedals.
    • 1568, William Cornishe [i.e., William Cornysh], “In the Fleete Made by Me William Cornishe otherwise Called Nyshwhete Chapelman with the Most Famose and Noble Kyng Henry the VII. His Reygne the XIX. Yere the Moneth of July. A Treatise betwene Trouth, and Information.”, in John Skelton, J[ohn] S[tow], editor, Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate, Imprinted at London: In Fletestreate, neare vnto Saint Dunstones Churche by Thomas Marshe, OCLC 54747393; republished as Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate to King Henry the VIIIth, London: Printed for C. Davis in Pater-noster Row, 1736, OCLC 731569711, page 290:
      The Harpe. [] A harper with his wreſt maye tune the harpe wrong / Mys tunying of an Inſtrument ſhal hurt a true ſonge
  2. (obsolete) An old Irish brass coin bearing the emblem of a harp.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

harper c

  1. plural indefinite of harpe

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German harfan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

harper

  1. (transitive, intransitive) to grasp forcefully

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

harper m, f

  1. indefinite plural of harpe

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

harper f

  1. indefinite plural of harpe

Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

harper

  1. to play the harp

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-ps, *-pt are modified to s, t. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.