From earlier corse, from Old French cors, from Latin corpus (“body”). Displaced native Old English līċ (whence modern English word lich). The p was inserted due to the original Latin spelling. Cognate with German Körper (“body”). Doublet of corps and corpus.
corpse (plural corpses)
- A dead body.
- (archaic, sometimes derogatory) A human body in general, whether living or dead.
corpse (third-person singular simple present corpses, present participle corpsing, simple past and past participle corpsed)
- (intransitive, slang, of an actor) To lose control during a performance and laugh uncontrollably.