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carping

[kahr-ping] /ˈkɑr pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous:
carping criticism.
noun
2.
petty faultfinding.
Origin
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.
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Examples for carping
  • 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.
  • But there is a prudish stiffness and a carping undertone that smacks of settling accounts.
  • It does seem as if the people who spend all their time carping about the deficit should step up to the plate, though.
  • Seemingly half their intended audience went into automatic backlash mode, carping about authenticity.
  • It's only been a few months since my last bit of carping about dangling modifiers.
British Dictionary definitions for carping

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

carping

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

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