harp (plural harps)
- (musical instrument) A musical instrument consisting of a body and a curved neck, strung with strings of varying length that are stroked or plucked with the fingers and are vertical to the soundboard when viewed from the end of the body
- Any instrument of the same musicological type.
- (colloquial) A harmonica.
- (Scotland) A grain sieve.
harp (harps, present participle harping; past and past participle harped)
- (usually with on) To repeatedly mention a subject.
- Why do you harp on a single small mistake? (US)
- Why do you harp on about a single small mistake? (UK)
- (transitive) To play on (a harp or similar instrument)
- (transitive) To play (a tune) on the harp.
- (transitive, archaic) To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- Thou harped my fear aright.
- German: auf (etwas) herumreiten
- Surname for a player of the harp.