carping

adjective carp·ing \ ˈkär-piŋ \

Definition of carping

: marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism

carpingly

play \-piŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of carping in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of carping

1567

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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