Definitions of Harping

  1. of Harp
  2. Pertaining to the harp; as, harping symphonies.
  3. Dwelling on continually.

Usage examples for Harping

  1. I was treated to a great deal of harping on that tiresome old string, " Whatsoever your hand findeth to do, do it with all your might." – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  2. It is this harping on death I despise so much," he remarked with emphasis of gesture as well as of speech- the inclined head and body, the right hand lightly placed upon the listener's knee, the abrupt change in the inflection of the voice, all so characteristic of him--" this idle and often cowardly as well as ignorant harping! – Life of Robert Browning by William Sharp
  3. In good time, said the lady, is he so nigh me; he shall have meat and drink of the best; and an harp I have of his whereupon he taught me, for of goodly harping he beareth the prize in the world. – Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II) King Arthur and of his Noble Knights of the Round Table by Thomas Malory
  4. And though I have put out each light, Gathered one flower, Bravely I fare forth into night- What is an hour, A day, a year, if, after all The silence, those dear comrades call, And there is harping in the hall? – The Piper and the Reed by Robert Norwood
  5. But his contentious harping shadowed like an omen. – Desert Dust by Edwin L. Sabin
  6. Still harping on that same old string? – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  7. I cannot help harping on that string. – Gryll Grange by Thomas Love Peacock Commentator: George Saintsbury
  8. Latterly she had been for ever harping upon this one theme,- her duty! – John Marchmont's Legacy, Volume I (of 3) by Mary E. Braddon
  9. You will laugh at me, perhaps, for my long " harping" on my ward; but anyhow, don't misunderstand. – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  10. " If I has to look after ornamental gardens and south aspics and all, I ought to have my salary raised," said James, still harping on his one grievance. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  11. Digging and mining will be done; so will harping and singing. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  12. The harping chords of prelude closed. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  13. I am too young to be thinking of marrying anybody, and though I don't want to be disrespectful to you, Miss Panney, I will say that I am getting dreadfully tired of your continual harping about Ralph Haverley, and trying to make me push myself in front of him so that his lordship may look at me. – The Girl at Cobhurst by Frank Richard Stockton
  14. The daring attempts of Marlowe and Shakespeare to depict the great round of the emotions had given way to a continual harping on illicit love. – Tragedy by Ashley H. Thorndike
  15. Since the conspirators against family life are so fond of harping on the matter of prostitution, with a view to drawing critics away from attacking their doctrine of free- love, the reader will be shown that even prostitution, instead of decreasing in the Socialist state, would, together with immorality of every sort, become far more prevalent under Marxian rule than it is today. – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  16. Death, death, it is this harping on death that I despise so much. – Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton
  17. When Steve tried to make fun of him for harping on that old string so long, the other immediately took up arms in his own defense. – The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island by Lawrence J. Leslie
  18. They chided me all the day long, continually repeating, and harping over and over the same things, even before the servants. – The Autobiography of Madame Guyon by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon