adjective carp·ing \ˈkär-piŋ\

Definition of CARPING

:  marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism
carp·ing·ly \-piŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of CARPING

  1. <a peevish and carping old woman who is not a favorite at the nursing home>

First Known Use of CARPING


Synonym Discussion of CARPING

critical, hypercritical, faultfinding, captious, carping, censorious mean inclined to look for and point out faults and defects. critical may also imply an effort to see a thing clearly and truly in order to judge it fairly <a critical essay>. hypercritical suggests a tendency to judge by unreasonably strict standards <hypercritical disparagement of other people's work>. faultfinding implies a querulous or exacting temperament <a faultfinding reviewer>. captious suggests a readiness to detect trivial faults or raise objections on trivial grounds <a captious critic>. carping implies an ill-natured or perverse picking of flaws <a carping editorial>. censorious implies a disposition to be severely critical and condemnatory <the censorious tone of the review>.


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