A carp is a type of fish found in fresh water. To carp is to complain and gripe repeatedly, especially about little things. Don’t carp about the rain if you live in the rain forest.

A carp is a freshwater fish belonging to the Cyprinidae family, which is native to Europe and Asia. To carp, on the other hand, is universal. To carp is to complain and whine in a particularly annoying way. Someone who always complains about the same things over and over loves to carp. Carping is a little like nagging: no one wants to listen to it. People who carp find fault with almost everything.

Primary Meanings of carp

any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae
raise trivial objections
Full Definitions of carp

n any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae

Cyprinus carpio, domestic carp
large Old World freshwater bottom-feeding fish introduced into Europe from Asia; inhabits ponds and sluggish streams and often raised for food; introduced into United States where it has become a pest
leather carp
scaleless domestic carp
mirror carp
domestic carp with some large shining scales
Type of:
cyprinid, cyprinid fish
soft-finned mainly freshwater fishes typically having toothless jaws and cycloid scales

n the lean flesh of a fish that is often farmed; can be baked or braised

Type of:
freshwater fish
flesh of fish from fresh water used as food

v raise trivial objections

cavil, chicane
Type of:
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent

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