[ purp ]

nounPolice Slang.
  1. the perpetrator of a crime.

Other definitions for perp. (2 of 2)


  1. perpendicular. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perp in a sentence

  • I raised my arms over my head like a prizefighter and made my exit from Social Studies and began the perp-walk to the office.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • I did my key and did the perp-walk around the gang, letting everyone snap a pic.

    Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
  • Remember the window of the seven lights in the Abbey Church, the one with the angels ascending and descending; also the rich perp.

    A Cathedral Courtship | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Tried to draw the roof of the choir, a good specimen of early perp., and failed.

    A Cathedral Courtship | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The use of very large openings, for wide windows full of stained glass also made it increasingly necessary in the Dec. and perp.

    Architecture | Thomas Roger Smith

British Dictionary definitions for perp


/ (pɜːp) /

  1. US and Canadian informal a person who has committed a crime

Origin of perp

C20: from perpetrate

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