Definition of


  1. (noun, food) the lean flesh of a fish that is often farmed; can be baked or braised
  2. (noun, animal) any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae
  3. (verb, communication) raise trivial objections

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Synonyms of Carp

cavil, chicane

Alternate forms of Carp

Derivations: carper

Hyponyms: cyprinus carpio, domestic carp

Hypernyms: cyprinid, cyprinid fish, freshwater fish, object

Origin of the word Carp

  1. "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. more
  2. "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). more

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