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carp

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[ kahrp ]
/ kɑrp /
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verb (used without object)
to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
noun
a peevish complaint.
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Origin of carp

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1200–50; Middle English carpen to speak, prate <Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle

OTHER WORDS FROM carp

carper, noun

Other definitions for carp (2 of 4)

carp2
[ kahrp ]
/ kɑrp /

noun, plural (especially collectively) carp, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) carps.
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 carp

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1350–1400; Middle English carpe<Middle French <Middle Dutch or Middle Low German karpe; cognate with Old High German karpfo

Other definitions for carp (3 of 4)

-carp

a combining form occurring in compounds that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body: endocarp.

Origin of -carp

<New Latin -carpium<Greek -karpion, derivative of karpós fruit

Other definitions for carp (4 of 4)

carp.

abbreviation
carpentry.
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British Dictionary definitions for carp (1 of 3)

carp1
/ (kɑːp) /

verb
(intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily

Derived forms of carp

carper, noun

Word Origin for carp

C13: from Old Norse karpa to boast; related to Latin carpere to pluck

British Dictionary definitions for carp (2 of 3)

carp2
/ (kɑːp) /

noun plural carp or carps
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

Other words from carp

Related adjectives: cyprinid, cyprinoid

Word Origin for carp

C14: from Old French carpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German karpfo, Old Norse karfi

British Dictionary definitions for carp (3 of 3)

-carp

n combining form
(in botany) fruit or a reproductive structure that develops into a particular part of the fruitepicarp

Word Origin for -carp

from New Latin -carpium, from Greek -karpion, from karpos fruit
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