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harper

[hahr-per]
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noun
  1. a person who plays the harp.
  2. a person who harps on a subject.
  3. Numismatics. harp(def 5).

Origin of harper

before 900; Middle English; Old English hearpere. See harp, -er1

Harper

[hahr-per]
noun
  1. James,1795–1869, and his brothers John, 1797–1875, (Joseph) Wesley, 1801–70, and Fletcher, 1806–77, U.S. printers and publishers.
  2. a male or female given name.
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Examples from the Web for harper

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Historical Examples

  • Give me my harper's cloak, and I will play a part at this wedding.

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • Hold your tongue, old Ketch, or I'll call Mr. Harper down to you.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Arthur burst into laughter when he discovered that it was Harper, the lay-clerk.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Major Harper, the oldest, most refined and most soldierly of them all, was also the handsomest.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • When they reached ours Miss Harper was again at their front.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable


British Dictionary definitions for harper

Harper

noun
  1. Stephen (Joseph). Born 1959. Canadian statesman; prime minister from 2006
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Word Origin and History for harper

n.

Old English hearpere, agent noun from harp (v.). As a surname, from late 12c.

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