[ kahrp ]
/ kɑrp /

verb (used without object)

to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.


a peevish complaint.

Origin of carp

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


carp·er, noun

Definition for carp (2 of 4)

[ 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

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

Definition for carp (3 of 4)


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

Definition for carp (4 of 4) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for carp (1 of 3)

/ (kɑːp) /


(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)

/ (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)


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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