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carping


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carp  \Carp\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Carped};  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Carping  \Carp"ing\  (k[add]rp"[i^]ng),  a. 
  Fault-finding;  censorious  caviling.  See  {Captious}.  -- 
  {Carp"ing*ly},  adv 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  carping 
  adj  :  quibbling  over  insignificant  details;  "caviling  pettifoggers 
  and  quiggling  pleaders"-Edmund  Burke;  "her  nagging  and 
  carping  attack";  "thought  her  editor  unnecessarily 
  nitpicking";  "a  pettifogging  lawyer's  mind";  "had  no 
  patience  with  quibbling  critics"  [syn:  {caviling},  {nitpicking}, 
  {pettifogging},  {quibbling}] 
  n  :  persistent  petty  and  unjustified  criticism  [syn:  {faultfinding}] 




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