View synonyms for carping


[ kahr-ping ]


  1. characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous:

    carping criticism.


  1. petty faultfinding.


/ ˈkɑːpɪŋ /


  1. tending to make petty complaints; fault-finding

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcarpingly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • carping·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of carping1

1275–1325; Middle English (noun); carp 1, -ing 2, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

“All he gets from Congress is negativism and carping,” says Dallek.

He was no carping presence, talking about how things were done in his day.

The video carping about government moochers may well have sealed it.

Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.

The constant carping that Roberts has been placing his thumb on the scale of justice “must bother him,” says Lithwick.

But he was quite right in carping at her, for fortune, like other fickle jades, is more likely to be true if steadily abused.

And to the author of the play it seems as though every person in that audience is a carping critic!

His patience had been worn threadbare by much carping and criticism, and he answered her letter in that given below.

"You don't know what is polite," cried Eva, greatly shocked at this carping spirit in the presence of a hard-worked host.

I had learned to walk unruffled in the face of the most carping, suspicious and the fishiest of these batteries.