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[kahr-pit] /ˈkɑr pɪt/
a heavy fabric, commonly of wool or nylon, for covering floors.
a covering of this material.
any relatively soft surface or covering like a carpet:
They walked on the carpet of grass.
any of a number of airborne electronic devices for jamming radar.
a system of such devices.
verb (used with object)
to cover or furnish with or as with a carpet.
Chiefly British. to reprimand.
on the carpet,
  1. before an authority or superior for an accounting of one's actions or a reprimand:
    He was called on the carpet again for his carelessness.
  2. Chiefly British. under consideration or discussion.
1300-50; Middle English carpete cloth covering for a table, floor, bed, etc. < Middle French carpite or Medieval Latin carpīta < Italian carpita woolen bedspread < Vulgar Latin *carpīta, past participle of carpīre, for Latin carpere to pluck, card (wool)
Related forms
carpetless, adjective
carpetlike, adjective
recarpet, verb (used with object)
uncarpeted, adjective
well-carpeted, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for un carpeted


  1. a heavy fabric for covering floors
  2. (as modifier) a carpet sale
a covering like a carpet a carpet of leaves
(informal) on the carpet
  1. before authority to be reproved for misconduct or error
  2. under consideration
verb (transitive) -pets, -peting, -peted
to cover with or as if with a carpet
(informal) to reprimand
Word Origin
C14: from Old French carpite, from Old Italian carpita, from Late Latin carpeta, literally: (wool) that has been carded, from Latin carpere to pluck, card
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Word Origin and History for un carpeted
1291, "coarse cloth;" 1345, "tablecloth, bedspread," from O.Fr. carpite, from M.L. carpita "thick woolen cloth," pp. of L. carpere "to card, pluck," probably because it was made from unraveled, shreded, "plucked" fabric, from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest). Meaning shifted 15c. to floor coverings. The verb meaning "to cover with a carpet" is from c.1626. From 16c.-19c. often with a tinge of contempt, when used of men (e.g. carpet-knight, 1576) by assoc. with luxury, ladies' boudoirs, and drawing rooms. On the carpet "summoned for reprimand" is 1900, U.S. colloquial (but cf. carpet (v.) "call (someone) to be reprimanded," 1823, British servants' slang). To sweep (something) under the carpet in the fig. sense is first recorded 1963.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for un carpeted
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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