- the perpetrator of a crime.
Examples from the Web for perp
The instant you are deemed a candidate for arrest, you become not so much a person as a “perp.”‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture
December 4, 2014
The policeman then commandeers the dashcammed car and orders the driver to chase down the perp.Russian Dashcam Car Chase
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 9, 2014
The four surrendered to the First Precinct on Monday and were “perp walked” before the news cameras.Hero or Criminal? James Brady, the WTC Ironworker Who Jumped Off the Building
March 25, 2014
In court, Valente showed he knows how to dress for a perp walk, sporting a striped shirt and a purple scarf.Mafia’s Cocaine-in-a-Can Bust
February 12, 2014
Strauss-Kahn, remember, was supposed to win them the presidency before that Manhattan perp walk.France’s Petty Politics Brings Christmas Early to Scandal Lovers
December 15, 2012
Towers were frequently intended to stand without spires in the Perp.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
The church, which stands in some fields near the mouth of the gorge, is a Perp.
The church has been rebuilt, but contains a Jacobean pulpit and a Perp.
The church has two Dec. windows in the chancel, the rest are Perp.
The top storey of the S. turret, marked externally by a Perp.
- US and Canadian informal a person who has committed a crime
Word Origin and History for perp
American English police slang shortening of perpetrator (e.g. perp walk); by 1940s.