carping

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carping persistent petty and unjustified criticism
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carping Speech; talk; conversation.
    • n carping The act of caviling; a cavil; unreasonable criticism or censure.
    • carping Faultfinding; over-critical. Synonyms Caviling, etc. See captious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Carping cavilling: fault-finding
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Most prob. Scand., Ice. karpa, to boast, modified in meaning through likeness to L. carpĕre, to pluck, deride.

Usage

In literature:

In Aubrey's time it was "well known for its carps to the London fishmongers," and to-day it holds pike, perch and tench.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
I could have been a good woman and a good daughter, but for your carping, sneering insults.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
Against it not the most carping reform critic could have found just ground of complaint.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
One other objection and our carpings shall be dumb.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
Smaller brown carp darted this way and that above it.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The river banks would be lined with spectators, who envied, criticised, and carped.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
If a male child has come to the establishment during the year the carp is extra large.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
At the bottom of her heart she despised the other people, who carped and were loud over trifles.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The fish represented is the carp, which is able to swim swiftly against the current and to leap over waterfalls.
"Child-Life in Japan and Japanese Child Stories" by Mrs. M. Chaplin Ayrton
Clean a large carp, put in a Portuguese stuffing, and sow it up.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
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In poetry:

"The man contented with his lot, a meal
Of fish without Ho carp can make;
Nor needs, to rest in his domestic joy,
A Tsze of Sung as wife to take."
"The Contentment Of A Poor Recluse" by Confucius
My trees will bloom and bear their fruit,
My carp-pond glitter in the sun;
My cherished grape-vines too, though mute,
Will tell the world what I have done.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
Cool-babbling a fountain falls
From gryphons' mouths in porphyry;
Carp haunt its waters; and white balls
Of lilies dip it when the bee
Creeps in and drawls.
"Overseas" by Madison Julius Cawein
"The grief is in my breast, because
I have not always been as kind
As woman should, by nature's laws,
But showed sometimes a wilful mind,
Carping at straws.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
We have forsook the Temple of the Soul
To carp with sordid tradesmen face to face;
No more we hear the Sinaian thunders roll,
Or Jesus preaching in the market-place.
"Our Daily Bread" by Charles Hamilton Musgrove
The day was hotter than words can tell,
So hot the jelly-fish wouldn't jell.
The halibut went all to butter,
And the catfish had only force to utter
A faint sea-mew — aye, though some have doubted,
The carp he capered and the horn-pout pouted.
"Don't You See?" by Katharine Lee Bates

In news:

Officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in three water samples collected from Lake Erie's Maumee Bay.
Asian Carp DNA Detected in Lake Erie's Maumee Bay.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in three water samples collected from Lake Erie's Maumee Bay.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in three water samples collected from Lake Erie's Maumee Bay.
The genetic material was from silver carp, one of two Asian species threatening to enter the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could out-compete native fish for food.
Illinois officials downplay postive test for Asian Carp DNA near Lake Michigan.
Crews want to drain the lake so they can get rid of unwanted fish, like which perch and carp.
You may know about the Asian carp, but would you know one if you saw one.
The remains of a carp is seen on the lake dried out lake bed of O.C.
Duke Energy summer intern Josh Bowen helps drugged carp find their way in Mountain Island Lake.
Where Do Dwarf -Eating Carp Come From.
A public examination and discussion of the the threat of Asian carp to Chicago and the Great Lakes.
Asian Carp DNA Detected in Lake Erie 's Maumee Bay.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in three water samples collected from Lake Erie 's Maumee Bay.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say Asian carp DNA has been found in three water samples collected from Lake Erie 's Maumee Bay.
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