Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To complain or find fault in a petty or disagreeable way: synonym: quibble.
  • noun A freshwater cyprinid fish (Cyprinus carpio) native to Eurasia that is widely bred in ponds for food.
  • noun Any of various fishes of the family Cyprinidae.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A teleostean fish of the family Cyprinidæ, Cyprinus carpio.
  • noun A fish related to the common carp.
  • noun A name on the northeast coast of Ireland for the common sea-bream, Pagellus centrodontus.
  • noun An English name of the opah.
  • noun In the United States, a carp-sucker; a catostomoid fish of the subfamily Ictiobinæ and genus Carpiodes.
  • To speak; tell.
  • To talk; babble; chatter.
  • To censure, cavil, or find fault, particularly without reason or petulantly: used absolutely or followed by at.
  • To utter; speak.
  • To blame; find fault with; chide.
  • noun A name of various fishes of the genus Chilodactylus in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. These fishes are not related to the European carp, which is a cyprinoid fish.
  • noun Speech; talk; conversation.
  • To prepare teazels for the napping-machine for dressing woolen cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To talk; to speak; to prattle.
  • intransitive verb To find fault; to cavil; to censure words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly; -- usually followed by at.
  • transitive verb obsolete To say; to tell.
  • transitive verb obsolete To find fault with; to censure.
  • noun (Zoöl.) A fresh-water herbivorous fish (Cyprinus carpio.). Several other species of Cyprinus, Catla, and Carassius are called carp. See cruclan carp.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a small crustacean, of the genus Argulus, parasitic on carp and allied fishes. See Branchiura.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a fish (Moxostoma carpio) of the Ohio River and Great Lakes, allied to the suckers.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a name given to several species of fresh-water fishes of the genus Carpiodes in the United States; -- called also quillback.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae, especially the common carp, Cyprinus carpio.
  • verb To complain about a fault; to harp on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the lean flesh of a fish that is often farmed; can be baked or braised
  • verb raise trivial objections
  • noun any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English carpen, from Old Norse karpa, to boast.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English carpe, from Old French carpe, from Medieval Latin carpa, of Germanic origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin carpa, from Gothic *𐌺𐌰𐍂𐍀𐌰 (karpa).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old Norse karpa ("to boast"), karp ("bragging").

Examples

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  • there are such multitudes of carp in Hong Kong's various ponds and gardens that they teach one the unique pleasure of watching the serene yet vivid piscine ballet.

    September 16, 2009