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[komp] /kɒmp/
noun
1.
a ticket, book, service, etc., provided free of charge to specially chosen recipients.
adjective
2.
complimentary; free of charge:
I received a comp copy of her book.
verb (used with object)
3.
to provide with a comp:
Some casinos comped the biggest spenders, providing rooms and meals on the house.
4.
to provide free of charge:
His meals and drinks at the hotel were often comped.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; by shortening of complimentary
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British Dictionary definitions for comper

comper

/ˈkɒmpə/
noun
1.
(informal) a person who regularly enters competitions in newspapers, magazines, etc, esp competitions offering consumer goods as prizes
Derived Forms
comping, noun
Word Origin
C20: comp(etition) + -er1

comp

/kɒmp/
noun
1.
a compositor
2.
an accompanist
3.
an accompaniment
4.
a competition
verb
5.
(intransitive) to work as a compositor in the printing industry
6.
to play an accompaniment (to)
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Contemporary definitions for comper
noun

a person who regularly enters competitions

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Word Origin and History for comper

comp

n.

"complimentary ticket," 1885, short for complimentary. Meaning "nonpaying guest" is attested by 1930s; generalized to "anything given free" by 1960s. As a verb, by 1974. Related: Comped; comping. As a shortening of compensation (especially worker's/workman's) it was in use by 1970s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for comper

comp

noun
  1. A complimentary ticket; annie oakley (1885+)
  2. A nonpaying guest at a hotel, restaurant, casino, club, etc (1930s+)
  3. Something given free to a privileged guest or customer: The first was the comps he got in the casino for dropping his $2,000 (1960s+)
  4. Compensation, esp worker's compensation or unemployment compensation: I've got three more weeks of comp coming (1970s+)
verb

: The hotel will comp you for just about anything you want/ Now, because I'm a high roller, everything is comped. I don't pay for anything


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Related Abbreviations for comper

comp

  1. complimentary
  2. composition (academic course)
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