- to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
- a peevish complaint.
Origin of carp1
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- a large freshwater cyprinid fish, Cyprinus carpio, native to Asia but widely introduced in tropical and temperate waters: an important food fish in many countries.
- any of various other fishes of the family Cyprinidae.
Origin of carp2
- a combining form occurring in compounds that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body: endocarp.
Origin of -carp
Examples from the Web for carp
Bringing in more revenue than most African governments is hardly reason to carp.Google 2011 Results Show Growth, But Can Tech Giant Thrive in Long Run?
January 20, 2012
Made with roe from mullet, carp, cod, lobsters, or even crab, taramasalata—salty, creamy, bright, with little pops!What to Eat: Mediterranean Feast
October 6, 2009
Instead, they gave Americans tax cuts, defense hikes, and middle class spending, leaving Democrats to carp about deficits.Why Obama Can Spend, Spend, Spend
December 24, 2008
Split the carp if large; cut it in large pieces, and salt it.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
When of a good size, as in Holland, they are a remarkably fine fresh-water fish, though not so delicate as carp or tench.
Had he learned to carp at the rich, and to make honesty the excuse for all penury?Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
I was making a sketch of beeches and to pass the time she fed the carp.
I told him I was going away; I had fed the carp for the last time.
- (intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily
- a freshwater teleost food fish, Cyprinus carpio, having a body covered with cycloid scales, a naked head, one long dorsal fin, and two barbels on each side of the mouth: family Cyprinidae
- any other fish of the family Cyprinidae; a cyprinid
- (in botany) fruit or a reproductive structure that develops into a particular part of the fruitepicarp
Word Origin and History for carp
type of freshwater fish, late 14c., from Old French carpe "carp" (13c.) and directly from Vulgar Latin carpa (source also of Italian carpa, Spanish carpa), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch carpe, Dutch karper, Old High German karpfo, German Karpfen "carp"); possibly the immediate source is Gothic *karpa. A Danube fish (hence the proposed East Germanic origin of its name), introduced in English ponds 14c. Lithuanian karpis, Russian karp are Germanic loan words.
"complain," early 13c., originally "to talk," from Old Norse karpa "to brag," of unknown origin; meaning turned toward "find fault with" (late 14c.), probably by influence of Latin carpere "to slander, revile," literally "to pluck" (see harvest (n.)). Related: Carped; carping.