perp

[ purp ]
/ pɜrp /
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noun Police Slang.

the perpetrator of a crime.

Nearby words

  1. peroxyborate,
  2. peroxydisulfuric acid,
  3. peroxymonosulfuric acid,
  4. peroxysulfuric acid,
  5. peroxysulphuric acid,
  6. perp walk,
  7. perp.,
  8. perpend,
  9. perpendicular,
  10. perpensity

perp.

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British Dictionary definitions for perp

perp

/ (pɜːp) /

noun

US and Canadian informal a person who has committed a crime

Word Origin for perp

C20: from perpetrate

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Word Origin and History for perp

perp

n.

American English police slang shortening of perpetrator (e.g. perp walk); by 1940s.

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