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carp

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verb \ˈkärp\

Definition of carp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to find fault or complain querulously

carper

noun

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Examples of carp in a sentence

  1. He's always carping about his boss.

  2. He's tired of always being carped at by his critics.

Did You Know?

You might guess that the verb carp word is a descendant of the noun referring to a type of fish. That's a reasonable speculation, but the verb actually preceded the fish's name into the English language by approximately a century. Its origins are Scandinavian: it may be related to the Icelandic verb karpa, meaning "to dispute" or "to wrangle," and beyond that perhaps to Old Norse karp, meaning "boasting" or "arrogance." In the early 20th century, English speakers also coined a second noun carp (meaning "complaint") from this verb.

Origin and Etymology of carp

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic karpa to dispute


First Known Use: 14th century


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carp

noun

Definition of carp

1904

First Known Use of carp

1904


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carp

noun

Definition of carp

plural

carp

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carps

  1. 1 :  a large variable Asian soft-finned freshwater cyprinid fish (Cyprinus carpio) of sluggish waters that is often raised for food and has been widely introduced into U.S. waters; also :  any of various related cyprinid fishes (as the grass carp)

  2. 2 :  a fish (as the European sea bream) resembling a carp

Origin and Etymology of carp

Middle English carpe, from Medieval French, from Late Latin carpa, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German karpfo carp


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Fishes Terms


carp-

combining form
variants: or

carpo-

Definition of carp-

  1. :  fruit carpogonium

Origin and Etymology of carp-

French & New Latin, from Greek karp-, karpo-, from karpos — more at harvest


-carp

noun combining form

Definition of -carp

  1. :  part of a fruit mesocarp :  fruit schizocarp

Origin and Etymology of -carp

New Latin -carpium, from Greek -karpion, from karpos


CARP Defined for English Language Learners

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carp

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verb \ˈkärp\

Definition of carp for English Language Learners

  • : to complain in an annoying way


CARP Defined for Kids

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carp

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verb \ˈkärp\

Definition of carp for Students

carped

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carping

  1. :  to complain in an annoying way


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carp

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noun

Definition of carp for Students

  1. :  a freshwater fish that lives a long time and is often used for food



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