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carp1

[kahrp] /kɑrp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil:
to carp at minor errors.
noun
2.
a peevish complaint.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English carpen to speak, prate < Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle
Related forms
carper, noun
Synonyms
1. criticize, deprecate, condemn, censure.
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British Dictionary definitions for carper

carp1

/kɑːp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to complain or find fault; nag pettily
Derived Forms
carper, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse karpa to boast; related to Latin carpere to pluck

carp2

/kɑːp/
noun (pl) carp, carps
1.
a freshwater teleost food fish, Cyprinus carpio, having a body covered with cycloid scales, a naked head, one long dorsal fin, and two barbels on each side of the mouth: family Cyprinidae
2.
any other fish of the family Cyprinidae; a cyprinid
related
adjectives cyprinid cyprinoid
Word Origin
C14: from Old French carpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German karpfo, Old Norse karfi
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Word Origin and History for carper
carp
"fish," 1393, from O.Fr. carpe, from V.L. carpa (c.575), possibly from Gothic *karpa. A Danube fish (hence the E.Gmc. origin of its name), introduced in Eng. ponds 14c.
carp
"complain," c.1240, from O.N. karpa "to brag," of unknown origin; meaning turned toward "find fault," probably by infl. of L. carpere "to slander, revile," lit. "to pluck" (see harvest).
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