Main definitions of carp in English

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carp1

noun

  • 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.

    Family Cyprinidae (the carp family): several genera and species. The family includes the majority of freshwater fishes in Eurasia, Africa, and North and Central America

    • ‘Other fish, such as the black carp and mud carp, foraged in sediments at the bottom of the pond.’
    • ‘These fish were very close to the wild form of the carp found naturally in the River Danube.’
    • ‘I came across two guys fishing, one of whom was playing a large fish which obviously was a carp.’
    • ‘It works when they're right, but it stinks like a dead carp when they're wrong.’
    • ‘Club matches have been won with nearly 20 lb of small fish including carp, tench, skimmers, perch and orfe.’
    • ‘The European carp and trout have driven many native species of fish from our streams.’
    • ‘When water levels subside and water stops flowing from the Main Pool, the carp disperse.’
    • ‘It presently holds excellent stocks of carp, rudd, perch, pike and tench.’
    • ‘Fishing a small Kennet side stream I spotted a carp cruising around in a small bay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One species, the silver carp, is known to jump completely out of the water when a boat passes, in some cases injuring passengers.’
    • ‘Suddenly a large carp jumps out of the pond and they are both very excited.’
    • ‘All species feed well in the spring but the two that really start feeding are carp and tench.’
    • ‘This venue is good for carp, crucians and mullet; it is also one of the prime catfish venues.’
    • ‘There are already rumours of anglers catching barbel and carp well downstream of the tidal limits of the river.’
    • ‘The client also wanted a fish eagle with a carp in its talons.’
    • ‘The plants have all died and we have lost 22 carp fish from our pond.’
    • ‘Six ducks and 5,000 grass and silver carp have been introduced into the reborn lake to conserve its ecology.’
    • ‘The big main lake in front of us has nearly eight hundred carp plus some orfe and tench.’
    • ‘Again there are good fish in this section with some very big carp and chub.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

carp

/kɑːp/

Main definitions of carp in English

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carp2

verb

[no object]
  • Complain or find fault continually about trivial matters.

    ‘I don't want to carp about the way you did it’
    • ‘The critics carped and said it would take us a century to catch up with the internet population in the US.’
    • ‘‘She's the first step to selling out the sport,’ one critic carped in an online discussion group.’
    • ‘She comes into the organisation and just carps, whinges, and whines.’
    • ‘I've made a concerted effort to ignore most of the carping from the press over the last week.’
    • ‘In this debate we will hear a lot of whingeing, whining, carping, snivelling, and grizzling from the opposition.’
    • ‘From the live video, he looks like a little puppy dog, who will have parents across Europe carping, ‘get your hair cut’.’
    • ‘Some of it is carping, but this paragraph raises an alarm bell that also went off in my head when I first read it.’
    • ‘He should continue building on this fine work rather than carping on about injustices that don't exist.’
    • ‘It's a fantastic achievement - and one in the eye for those who have carped and cavilled about the underperformance of Great Britain's competitors in Athens.’
    • ‘There may be carping and dissatisfaction at lower levels but the two continue to enjoy a good personal relationship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your typical correspondent carps about a mistranslation, a geographical inaccuracy, an obscure word obscurely misused.’
    • ‘He carps constantly that, because others were duped, he shouldn't be blamed.’
    • ‘I have a few quibbles with it but will withhold carping until all three chapters have appeared.’
    • ‘I just quickly did a little skim through the OZ's website and they are STILL carping on about Media Watch over there.’
    • ‘It might seem carping to find fault in such a dazzling and fully realized novel.’
    • ‘It seems a bit carping to criticize people for maintaining and restoring old buildings.’
    • ‘Some critics carped about the fact that a film set in 1956 used a song that was released in 1958 for its theme.’
    • ‘In reviewing such a wide-ranging and successful study, calls for still more work are bound to sound carping.’
    complaining, cavilling, grumbling, moaning, grousing, grouching, grouchy, whining, bleating, fault-finding, quibbling, niggling, captious, nagging
    complain, cavil, grumble, moan, grouse, grouch, whine, bleat, quibble, niggle, nag
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

carp

/kɑːp/