WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
carp1 /kɑrp/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to find fault;
    complain without a good reason: [no object;  often: ~ + at + object]He's always carping at his employees.[ + that clause]:forever carping that we waste paper clips.

carp2 /kɑrp/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl. (esp. when thought of as a group) carp, (esp. for kinds or species) carps. 
  1. Fisha large freshwater fish widely used as a food fish.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
carp1  (kärp),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably;
    be niggling in criticizing;
    cavil:to carp at minor errors.

  1. a peevish complaint.
carper, n. 
  • Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle
  • Middle English carpen to speak, prate 1200–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged criticize, deprecate, condemn, censure.

carp2  (kärp),USA pronunciation n., pl. (esp. collectively) carp,  (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) carps. 
  1. Fisha large freshwater cyprinid fish, Cyprinus carpio, native to Asia but widely introduced in tropical and temperate waters: an important food fish in many countries.
  2. Fishany of various other fishes of the family Cyprinidae.
  • Middle Dutch or Middle Low German karpe; cognate with Old High German karpfo
  • Middle French
  • Middle English carpe 1350–1400

  • a combining form occurring in compounds that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body:endocarp.
    • Greek -karpion, derivative of karpós fruit
    • Neo-Latin -carpium

  • carpentry.

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