- characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous: carping criticism.
- petty faultfinding.
Origin of carping
- to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.
- a peevish complaint.
Origin of carp1
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Examples from the Web for carping
“All he gets from Congress is negativism and carping,” says Dallek.Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
August 9, 2014
He was no carping presence, talking about how things were done in his day.Earl Weaver, Baseball’s Brilliant Antagonist, Dies
January 20, 2013
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.Britain Gets Its Groove Back
September 16, 2012
Facebook's answer to its critics is: pay no attention to the carping.Facebook's Dilemma: Invade Privacy or Go Bust
May 24, 2012
Setting the Scots on a higher moral plane than the rest of us carping cynics.Lockerbie Bomber: On the Loose, but for How Long?
August 17, 2011
The most carping could have found no flaw in the quiet taste of his attire.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Any temporary relief from the carping tyranny of Brown was welcome.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Though I am writing so carping a note, I admire the article thoroughly.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
However, the most carping critic could have found no fault with Edith's manner.Master of the Vineyard
You can hear the carping critic at any time that you may wish!Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea
Charles H. L. Johnston
- tending to make petty complaints; fault-finding
- (intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily
- 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
- any other fish of the family Cyprinidae; a cyprinid
Word Origin and History for carping
type of freshwater fish, late 14c., from Old French carpe "carp" (13c.) and directly from Vulgar Latin carpa (source also of Italian carpa, Spanish carpa), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch carpe, Dutch karper, Old High German karpfo, German Karpfen "carp"); possibly the immediate source is Gothic *karpa. A Danube fish (hence the proposed East Germanic origin of its name), introduced in English ponds 14c. Lithuanian karpis, Russian karp are Germanic loan words.
"complain," early 13c., originally "to talk," from Old Norse karpa "to brag," of unknown origin; meaning turned toward "find fault with" (late 14c.), probably by influence of Latin carpere "to slander, revile," literally "to pluck" (see harvest (n.)). Related: Carped; carping.