carping [adj] complaining bellyaching*, caviling, censorious, critical, criticizing, deprecatory, disparaging, fault-finding, griping, grouchy, grousing, grumbling, hypercritical, kvetching*, moaning, nagging, niggling, nit-picking*, overcritical, quibbling, scathing, whining; concept 52 —Ant. complimentary, forgiving

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  • Carping — Carp ing (k[aum]rp [i^]ng), a. Fault finding; censorious caviling. See {Captious}. {Carp ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carping — index critical (faultfinding), criticism, denunciation, diatribe, fractious, petulant, querulous …   Law dictionary

  • carping — adj caviling, faultfinding, captious, *critical, hypercritical, censorious Analogous words: blaming, reprehending, reprobating, criticizing (see CRITICIZE): upbraiding, jawing, railing (see SCOLD): depreciating or depreciative, disparaging,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • carping — [kärp′iŋ] adj. tending to carp, or find fault; captious SYN. CRITICAL carpingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Carping — Carp Carp (k[aum]rp), v. i. [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carping — 1. adjective Pertaining to excessive complaining. 1847 Having thus acknowledged what I owe those who have aided and approved me, I turn to another class; a small one, so far as I know, but not, therefore, to be overlooked. I mean the timorous or… …   Wiktionary

  • carping — carpingly, adv. /kahr ping/, adj. 1. characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding; querulous: carping criticism. n. 2. petty faultfinding. [1275 1325; ME (n.); see CARP1, ING2, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • carping — adjective Date: 1567 marked by or inclined to querulous and often perverse criticism Synonyms: see critical • carpingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Carping — Flussangler auf einer Buhne Unter Angeln versteht man die Ausübung der Fischerei mit einer Handangel. Die Angel besteht im einfachsten Fall nur aus Angelschnur, Haken und Köder, im Allgemeinen jedoch noch aus der Angelrute, der Angelrolle zum… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • carping — 1) nagging or complaining, petty or unjustified criticism, quibbling over insignificant details; nothing to do with carp (Cyprinus carpio) 2) adjective used by anglers in reference to anything to do with fishing for carp (Cyprinus carpio) …   Dictionary of ichthyology