noun Informal.

Origin of tarp

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; by shortening
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Contemporary Examples of tarp

Historical Examples of tarp

  • The tarp is simple and cheap and is easily accommodated to circumstances.

  • I remained under the tarp, and as Creed was going my way I let him do the driving.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • The Friars tarp was next to mine, an I raised myself on my elbow an looked at it.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

  • After a time the Friar did go to bed in Horaces tarp in the corner.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

  • He struggled a while, not in hope, merely in refusal to surrender, and dislodged the tarp.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

British Dictionary definitions for tarp



US, Australian and NZ an informal word for tarpaulin


n acronym for (in the US)

Troubled Assets Relief Program: a fund providing money to increase the liquidity of financial institutions
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Word Origin and History for tarp

1906, American English, informal shortening of tarpaulin.

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