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Pronunciation: /kɑːp
 
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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 often kept in large ponds.
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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Pronunciation: /kɑːp
 
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verb

[no object]
Complain or find fault continually about trivial matters: I don’t want to carp about the way you did it
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
find fault with, criticize, pick on, censure, denounce, condemn, decry, disparage
informal gripe, beef, bellyache, bitch, whinge, nitpick, pick holes, split hairs, sound off, kick up a fuss, knock
British informal chunter, create, be on at someone
Northern English informal mither
North American informal kvetch
critical, criticizing, censorious, condemnatory, disparaging, scathing, slighting, reproachful, deprecatory, hypercritical, overcritical, pedantic, hard/difficult/impossible to please
British informal chuntering
Northern English informal mithering
North American informal kvetching

Origin

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

Derivatives

carper

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noun
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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