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

  • intransitive v. To find fault in a disagreeable way; complain fretfully. See Synonyms at quibble.
  • n. A fretful complaint.
  • n. An edible freshwater fish (Cyprinus carpio) of Europe and Asia that is frequently bred in ponds and lakes.
  • n. Any of various fishes of the family Cyprinidae.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fresh-water herbivorous fish (Cyprinus carpio.). Several other species of Cyprinus, Catla, and Carassius are called carp. See cruclan carp.
  • intransitive v. To talk; to speak; to prattle.
  • intransitive v. To find fault; to cavil; to censure words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly; -- usually followed by at.
  • transitive v. To say; to tell.
  • transitive v. To find fault with; to censure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To prepare teazels for the napping-machine for dressing woolen cloth.
  • n. Speech; talk; conversation.
  • n. A teleostean fish of the family Cyprinidæ, Cyprinus carpio.
  • n. A fish related to the common carp.
  • n. A name on the northeast coast of Ireland for the common sea-bream, Pagellus centrodontus.
  • n. An English name of the opah.
  • n. In the United States, a carp-sucker; a catostomoid fish of the subfamily Ictiobinæ and genus Carpiodes.
  • n. 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.

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

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


Middle English carpen, from Old Norse karpa, to boast.
Middle English carpe, from Old French carpe, from Medieval Latin carpa, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin carpa, from Gothic *𐌺𐌰𐍂𐍀𐌰 (karpa). (Wiktionary)
From Old Norse karpa ("to boast"), karp ("bragging"). (Wiktionary)



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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