- to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
- a peevish complaint.
Origin of carp1
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Examples from the Web for carped
Byron sneered and carped at Southey as a "scribbler of all works."The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4
The Citizen carped at the words, pointing out that a buffet was not a blow.Sentimental Education, Volume II
"Reminds me of the providential way that rivers always run past cities, just where they are needed," carped the Colonel.Yellowstone Nights
Perrault, in his Parallel between the ancients and the moderns, carped at Homer in the same spirit that Zoilus had done of old.The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)
As for the cavilling crew who carped at her during her life Mrs. Behn has answered them and she was thoroughly competent so to do.The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)
- (intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily
- 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
Word Origin and History for carped
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.