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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.

RELATED WORDS

nag, quibbler, caviler, scold, nitpicker, niggler, nagger, caviller, faultfinder, criticizer, castigator

Nearby words

carotodynia, carousal, carouse, carousel, carousel fraud, carp, carp., carpaccio, carpaccio, vittore, carpal, carpal joint

Origin of carp

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1200–50; Middle English carpen to speak, prate < Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle
SYNONYMS FOR carp
Related formscarp·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for carper (1 of 2)

carp

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/ (kɑːp) /

verb

(intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily
Derived Formscarper, noun

Word Origin for carp

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

British Dictionary definitions for carper (2 of 2)

carp

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/ (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
Related formsRelated adjectives: cyprinid, cyprinoid

Word Origin for carp

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