carping

[kahr-ping]
adjective
1.
characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous: carping criticism.
noun
2.
petty faultfinding.

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

carpingly, adverb
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carp

1 [kahrp]
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

carper, noun


1. criticize, deprecate, condemn, censure.
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carp1 (kɑːp)
 
n , 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: cyprinid, cyprinoid
 
[C14: from Old French carpe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German karpfo, Old Norse karfi]

carp2 (kɑːp)
 
vb (often foll by at)
to complain or find fault; nag pettily
 
[C13: from Old Norse karpa to boast; related to Latin carpere to pluck]
 
'carper2
 
n

carping (ˈkɑːpɪŋ)
 
adj
tending to make petty complaints; fault-finding
 
carpingly
 
adv

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carp
"fish," 1393, from O.Fr. carpe, from V.L. carpa (c.575), possibly from Gothic *karpa. A Danube fish (hence the E.Gmc. origin of its name), introduced in Eng. ponds 14c.

carp
"complain," c.1240, from O.N. karpa "to brag," of unknown origin; meaning turned toward "find fault," probably by infl. of L. carpere "to slander, revile," lit. "to pluck" (see harvest).
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Example sentences
Local carping might not matter, but it chimes with national grumbles.
But that is carping over what is essentially a trifling matter.
It is the kind of dish that will disarm any carping about provenance.
Critics from both sides are already carping about this.
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