carping

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Carp \Carp\ (k[aum]rp), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Carped} (k[aum]rpt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Carping}.] [OE. carpen to say, speak; from Scand. (cf. Icel. karpa to boast), but influenced later by L. carpere to pluck, calumniate.]

1. To talk; to speak; to prattle. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

2. To find fault; to cavil; to censure words or actions without reason or ill-naturedly; -- usually followed by at.

Carping and caviling at faults of manner. --Blackw. Mag.

And at my actions carp or catch. --Herbert.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Carping \Carp"ing\ (k[aum]rp"[i^]ng), adjective Fault-finding; censorious caviling. See {Captious}. -- {Carp"ing*ly}, adverb

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

carping

noun

1: persistent petty and unjustified criticism [syn: {faultfinding}, {carping}]


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