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  1. complimentary; free of charge: I received a comp copy of her book.
verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with a comp: Some casinos comped the biggest spenders, providing rooms and meals on the house.
  2. to provide free of charge: His meals and drinks at the hotel were often comped.

Origin of comp

First recorded in 1885–90; by shortening of complimentary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for comper


  1. informal a person who regularly enters competitions in newspapers, magazines, etc, esp competitions offering consumer goods as prizes
Derived Formscomping, noun

Word Origin for comper

C20: comp (etition) + -er 1


  1. a compositor
  2. an accompanist
  3. an accompaniment
  4. a competition
  1. (intr) to work as a compositor in the printing industry
  2. to play an accompaniment (to)
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Word Origin and History for comper



"complimentary ticket," 1885, short for complimentary. Meaning "nonpaying guest" is attested by 1930s; generalized to "anything given free" by 1960s. As a verb, by 1974. Related: Comped; comping. As a shortening of compensation (especially worker's/workman's) it was in use by 1970s.

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