Pronunciation: (kärp),[key] —v.i. to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
—n. a peevish complaint.
Pronunciation: (kärp),[key] —n., —pl.(esp. collectively)carp,(esp. referring to two or more kinds or species)carps. 1. a large freshwater cyprinid fish, Cyprinus carpio, native to Asia but widely introduced in tropical and temperate waters: an important food fish in many countries.
2. any of various other fishes of the family Cyprinidae.
a combining form occurring in compounds that denote a part of a fruit or fruiting body: endocarp.