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[purp] /pɜrp/
noun, Police Slang.
the perpetrator of a crime.

perp. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for perp
  • To say that none but the perp are guilty means that nobody has a legal or moral duty to intervene or report this behavior.
  • He was perp walked and then sent to jail, where he was subjected to humiliating leaks by law enforcement officials.
  • Investors in those funds can't be unhappy about seeing their managers doing the perp walk.
  • Imagine if the researchers had been studying planetary atmospheres, and the perp was using a butane lighter.
  • It's a disability that complicates everything from following a movie plot to picking a perp out of a lineup.
  • But such details would be burned in the mind of the perp.
  • The police and the city have a duty to release that name of this perp.
British Dictionary definitions for perp


(US & Canadian, informal) a person who has committed a crime
Word Origin
C20: from perpetrate
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Word Origin and History for perp

American English police slang shortening of perpetrator (e.g. perp walk); by 1940s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for perp



A criminal engaged in a specific crime: The perp stood up, stepped back, took out a handgun and fired at least two shots

[shortened form of perpetrator]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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