carp 1 [ kahrp ] SHOW IPA / kɑrp / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used without object) to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
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Origin of carp 1
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) carp 2 [ kahrp ] SHOW IPA / kɑrp / PHONETIC RESPELLING 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 2
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) a combining form occurring in compounds that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body: endocarp. Origin of -carp
-carpium<Greek -karpion, derivative of karpós fruit Other definitions for carp (4 of 4)
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Bringing in more revenue than most African governments is hardly reason to
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.
He, for one, did not
carp at Aunt Rachel's declaration that they were intended to spend time and eternity together.
A fountain tinkled and fat
carp swam about in the fluted marble basin.
If it has humour, deplore its lack of thoughtfulness; if it is grave,
carp at its lack of gaiety.
It would be idle to
carp at any means when the end is so thoroughly good. SEE MORE EXAMPLES SEE FEWER EXAMPLES British Dictionary definitions for carp (1 of 3) 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) 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 fruit epicarp Word Origin for -carp
from New Latin
-carpium, from Greek -karpion, from karpos fruit
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