carp·​ing | \ ˈkär-piŋ How to pronounce carping (audio) \

Definition of carping

: marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism

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Other Words from carping

carpingly \ ˈkär-​piŋ-​lē How to pronounce carpingly (audio) \ adverb

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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

Examples of carping in a Sentence

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

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But the novel as a whole suggests that Clinton is all too well acquainted with resentment against carping critics and burdensome bureaucracies. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Bill Clinton’s Novel Isn't a Thriller—It's a Fantasy," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of carping

1567, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carping was in 1567

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to shake or wave menacingly

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