Definition of carp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

carp

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verb
BrE BrE//kɑːp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they carp
BrE BrE//kɑːp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrp//
 
he / she / it carps
BrE BrE//kɑːps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrps//
 
past simple carped
BrE BrE//kɑːpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrpt//
 
past participle carped
BrE BrE//kɑːpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrpt//
 
-ing form carping
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrpɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] carp (at somebody) (about somebody/something) to keep complaining about somebody/something in an annoying way I’ve had enough of him constantly carping and criticizing. Lord, how you carp on, Lucy! Word Originverb Middle English (in the sense ‘talk, chatter’): from Old Norse karpa ‘brag’; later influenced by Latin carpere ‘pluck at, slander’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: carp

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