Definition of perp in English:



informal North American
  • The person who committed a crime.

    • ‘he steps into a pothole chasing a perp down a dark street’
    • ‘For example, battery under the common law was a general intent crime requiring the perp's awareness that he is acting in a proscribed manner.’
    • ‘She stole a police squad car with the perp who shot the chief of police.’
    • ‘The local show that assists police with their investigations has been on the scene for 100 episodes tonight, having helped solve over 500 crimes and seen 130 perps caught.’
    • ‘Its creations range from a robot that labors in nuclear facilities to a net that's used by police to trap fleeing perps.’
    • ‘They want to believe that they'll get to run around in the dark and dirty streets and chase down perps with high-tech antenna triangulation.’
    • ‘A crime is committed early on, the perp is unknown, and the story ends approximately when the investigating officer, always a major character, discovers who did it.’
    • ‘What's worse is that the perp will walk and go on to commit more crimes.’
    • ‘If a perp fails to give way, a patrol car down the road makes the arrest.’
    • ‘Unlike their television and film portrayal, they aren't kicking down the doors of suspects, roughing up perps in interrogation rooms, or consulting them in quid-pro-quo discussions.’
    • ‘We now officially live in the age of the forensic cop show - where police rely not on brass knuckles to bring down perps, but on science.’
    • ‘The investigators go to Albany and Atlanta to find their perp, run into endless roadblocks, combat fatigue, and must reconcile with the angry community.’
    • ‘You know, they could be just playing it close to the vest and not tipping out - tipping off the person out there, the real perp, as to what the police really know.’
    • ‘With pinpoint accuracy, the two teed off and pegged the perp in the knee, downing him until police caught up.’
    • ‘The evidence will lead to the guilty, and any cop who decides who's the perp and then checks the evidence shouldn't have been a cop in the first place.’
    • ‘All the possible perps and witnesses are long dead.’
    • ‘The officers of the law had shown up, cuffed the perps, taken lots of names, and asked Wendy and Conner and Alan about six thousand questions.’
    • ‘John's not out in the streets with the perps and corpses.’
    • ‘Because the perps have generally kept their faces covered and worn gloves, substantial clues have been difficult to come by.’
    • ‘In places where the police spend more time interacting with people as people and not as perps, they are noticeably different.’
    • ‘He heard the perps denying the charges that were brought against them.’





1960s abbreviation of perpetrator.