carping

[kahr-ping]

adjective

characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous: carping criticism.

noun

petty faultfinding.

Nearby words

  1. carpeting,
  2. carpetweed,
  3. carphenazine maleate,
  4. carphology,
  5. carpi,
  6. carpingly,
  7. carpinteria,
  8. carpo,
  9. carpo-,
  10. carpocarpal

Origin of carping

1275–1325; Middle English (noun); see carp1, -ing2, -ing1

Related formscarp·ing·ly, adverb

carp

1
[kahrp]

verb (used without object)

to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil: to carp at minor errors.

noun

a peevish complaint.

Origin of carp

1
1200–50; Middle English carpen to speak, prate < Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle

Related formscarp·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for carping

carping

adjective

tending to make petty complaints; fault-finding
Derived Formscarpingly, adverb

carp

1

verb

(intr often foll by at) to complain or find fault; nag pettily
Derived Formscarper, noun

Word Origin for carp

C13: from Old Norse karpa to boast; related to Latin carpere to pluck

carp

2

noun plural carp or carps

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
Related formsRelated adjectives: cyprinid, cyprinoid

Word Origin for carp

C14: from Old French carpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German karpfo, Old Norse karfi

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