verb (used without object)
Origin of carp1
Synonyms for carp
noun, plural (especially collectively) carp, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) carps.
Origin of carp2
Origin of -carp
Related Words for carpgrumble, quibble, cavil, knock, criticize, fuss, nitpick, bother, censure, objurgate, peck, reproach, complain, pan
Examples from the Web for carp
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of carp
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.
Word Origin for carp
noun plural carp or carps
Word Origin for carp
n combining form
Word Origin 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.