There are 2 main definitions of carp in English:

carp1

Syllabification: carp
Pronunciation: /kärp
 
/

noun (plural same)

A deep-bodied freshwater fish, typically with barbels around the mouth. Carp are farmed for food in some parts of the world and are widely kept in large ponds.
More example sentences
  • One species, the silver carp, is known to jump completely out of the water when a boat passes, in some cases injuring passengers.
  • Six ducks and 5,000 grass and silver carp have been introduced into the reborn lake to conserve its ecology.
  • Experts will try to net all the native carp, bream and tench in the lake and take them to a fish farm before putting the poison into the water.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French carpe, from late Latin carpa.

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There are 2 main definitions of carp in English:

carp2

Syllabification: carp
Pronunciation: /kärp
 
/

verb

[no object]
Complain or find fault continually, typically about trivial matters: I don’t want to carp about the way you did it he was constantly carping at me
More example sentences
  • It might seem carping to find fault in such a dazzling and fully realized novel.
  • And the rest of the time she carped, criticized, verbally and sometimes physically abused her adopted son while fawning obnoxiously over his ‘perfect’ sister.
  • Her critics have carped about the book-jacket, made allegations of sloppiness and even made fun of her hair.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'talk, chatter'): from Old Norse karpa 'brag'; later influenced by Latin carpere 'pluck at, slander'.

Derivatives

carper

noun
More example sentences
  • Let all keep it up and hope that the carpers and whingers will see the light and come on board.
  • Do we really want the carpers and complainers, of whatever creed, to get programmes banned?
  • Inevitably the snipers and the carpers have done their worst to make life uncomfortable for him.

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