Main definitions of carp in US English:

: carp1carp2

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 widely kept in large ponds.

    Family Cyprinidae (the minnow family): several genera and species, including the common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix). The family includes the majority of freshwater fishes in Eurasia, Africa, and North and Central America

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

carp

/kärp//kɑrp/

Main definitions of carp in US English:

: carp1carp2

carp2

verb

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

    ‘I don't want to carp about the way you did it’
    ‘he was constantly carping at me’
    • ‘There may be carping and dissatisfaction at lower levels but the two continue to enjoy a good personal relationship.’
    • ‘From the live video, he looks like a little puppy dog, who will have parents across Europe carping, ‘get your hair cut’.’
    • ‘Your typical correspondent carps about a mistranslation, a geographical inaccuracy, an obscure word obscurely misused.’
    • ‘The critics carped and said it would take us a century to catch up with the internet population in the US.’
    • ‘Her critics have carped about the book-jacket, made allegations of sloppiness and even made fun of her hair.’
    • ‘Some critics carped about the fact that a film set in 1956 used a song that was released in 1958 for its theme.’
    • ‘I just quickly did a little skim through the OZ's website and they are STILL carping on about Media Watch over there.’
    • ‘I've made a concerted effort to ignore most of the carping from the press over the last week.’
    • ‘He carps constantly that, because others were duped, he shouldn't be blamed.’
    • ‘In reviewing such a wide-ranging and successful study, calls for still more work are bound to sound carping.’
    • ‘‘She's the first step to selling out the sport,’ one critic carped in an online discussion group.’
    • ‘He should continue building on this fine work rather than carping on about injustices that don't exist.’
    • ‘Some of it is carping, but this paragraph raises an alarm bell that also went off in my head when I first read it.’
    • ‘She comes into the organisation and just carps, whinges, and whines.’
    • ‘And the rest of the time she carped, criticized, verbally and sometimes physically abused her adopted son while fawning obnoxiously over his ‘perfect’ sister.’
    • ‘It might seem carping to find fault in such a dazzling and fully realized novel.’
    • ‘In this debate we will hear a lot of whingeing, whining, carping, snivelling, and grizzling from the opposition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have a few quibbles with it but will withhold carping until all three chapters have appeared.’
    • ‘It seems a bit carping to criticize people for maintaining and restoring old buildings.’
    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

/kɑrp//kärp/