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Definition of "carp" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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Use "carp" in a sentence
  • "No I'm not kidding, on a worldwide basis, the carp is the most prized quarry."
  • "So the carp is the #1 piscatorial prize in the rest of the world?"
  • "If we can get past the name 'carp' and the perception ... we can prove this is going to be a highly nutritious, cheap meal."