C14: from Old French carpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German karpfo, Old Norse karfi
carp for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (kɑːʳp)
Word forms: carps, carping, carped
language note: carp can also be used as the plural form for meaning [sense 1].
1. variable noun
A carp is a kind of fish that lives in lakes and rivers.
If you say that someone is carping, you mean that they keep criticizing or complaining about someone or something, especially in a way you think is unnecessary or annoying. [disapproval] [V + at] ⇒ He cannot understand why she's constantly carping at him. [Vat/about n] ⇒ This was the man whom other trainers love to carp about. [Also V] [Also Vabout]
carpinguncountable noun ⇒ She was in no mood to put up with Blanche's carping.
Maureen and Tom would not carp against anything that allowed them to miss school for a few weeks.Cleary, Jon MURDER SONGRichard followed me down a flight of stairs and into a marble foyer with a fountain filled with koi carp.Val McDermid KICK BACKIt's called the thickhead, actually a silver carp from the Amur River in Siberia.Bart Davis DESTROY THE KENTUCKY