Setting the Scots on a higher moral plane than the rest of us carping cynics.
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.
“All he gets from Congress is negativism and carping,” says Dallek.
Divided, carping, distractable, establishment, and activist, the gay movement has a lot to teach.
He was no carping presence, talking about how things were done in his day.
She was another type of helpless person, the reverse of Molly, with a carping sense of responsibility.
However, the most carping critic could have found no fault with Edith's manner.
carping envy more readily favours the works of antiquity than those of the present day.
You can hear the carping critic at any time that you may wish!
They all admitted, even the most carping, that Maria was pretty.
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.