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Examples of carp in a Sentence
He's always carping about his boss.
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.
beef, bellyache, bleat, caterwaul, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grouch, grouse, growl, grumble, grump, holler, inveigh, kick, moan, murmur, mutter, nag, scream, squawk, squeal, wail, whimper, whine, yammer, yawp (or yaup), yowl;
kick up a fuss;
Definition of carp
Origin and Etymology of carp-
Origin and Etymology of -carp
CARP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carp for English Language Learners
: to complain in an annoying way
CARP Defined for Kids
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