follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

carping

[kahr-ping] /ˈkɑr pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous:
carping criticism.
noun
2.
petty faultfinding.
Origin of carping
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English (noun); see carp1, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
carpingly, adverb

carp1

[kahrp] /kɑrp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to find fault or complain querulously or unreasonably; be niggling in criticizing; cavil:
to carp at minor errors.
noun
2.
a peevish complaint.
Origin
1200-50; Middle English carpen to speak, prate < Old Norse karpa to brag, wrangle
Related forms
carper, noun
Synonyms
1. criticize, deprecate, condemn, censure.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for carping
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • She was another type of helpless person, the reverse of Molly, with a carping sense of responsibility.

    The House of Fulfilment George Madden Martin
  • The most carping could have found no flaw in the quiet taste of his attire.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • carping envy more readily favours the works of antiquity than those of the present day.

  • However, the most carping critic could have found no fault with Edith's manner.

  • They all admitted, even the most carping, that Maria was pretty.

    By the Light of the Soul Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for carping

carping

/ˈkɑːpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tending to make petty complaints; fault-finding
Derived Forms
carpingly, adverb

carp1

/kɑːp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by at. to complain or find fault; nag pettily
Derived Forms
carper, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse karpa to boast; related to Latin carpere to pluck

carp2

/kɑːp/
noun (pl) carp, carps
1.
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
2.
any other fish of the family Cyprinidae; a cyprinid
related
adjectives cyprinid cyprinoid
Word Origin
C14: from Old French carpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German karpfo, Old Norse karfi
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for carping

carp

n.

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.

v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for carping

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for carping

12
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for carping