to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
a peevish complaint.
- carper, noun
Other definitions for carp (2 of 4)
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.
Other definitions for -carp (3 of 4)
a combining form occurring in compounds that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body: endocarp.
Other definitions for carp. (4 of 4)
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How to use carp in a sentence
Grass carp are actually pretty territorial—I’ve stood for 45 minutes in a specific area because I was waiting for one particular fish that was really big.
A single, large carp can release hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time, she notes.
This includes some carp species that were introduced in the southern United States in the 1970s.
They fed eight mallard ducks thousands of fish eggs from two species of carp.
A single carp can release hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time, Vincze says.Fish eggs can hatch after being eaten and pooped out by ducks | Carolyn Wilke | June 29, 2020 | Science News
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? | Zachary Karabell | January 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Made with roe from mullet, carp, cod, lobsters, or even crab, taramasalata—salty, creamy, bright, with little pops!
Instead, they gave Americans tax cuts, defense hikes, and middle class spending, leaving Democrats to carp about deficits.
I'm not enamored of a straight meat diet as a rule, but that evening I was in no mood to carp at anything half-way eatable.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
He, for one, did not carp at Aunt Rachel's declaration that they were intended to spend time and eternity together.At Last | Marion Harland
A fountain tinkled and fat carp swam about in the fluted marble basin.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
If it has humour, deplore its lack of thoughtfulness; if it is grave, carp at its lack of gaiety.How to Fail in Literature | Andrew Lang
It would be idle to carp at any means when the end is so thoroughly good.Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
British Dictionary definitions for carp (1 of 3)
(intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily
- carper, noun
British Dictionary definitions for carp (2 of 3)
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
- Related adjectives: cyprinid, cyprinoid
British Dictionary definitions for -carp (3 of 3)
(in botany) fruit or a reproductive structure that develops into a particular part of the fruit: epicarp
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