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Definition to repeatedly complain — typically about unimportant things
  • She carps incessantly about political matters and the press.
carps = repeatedly complains about unimportant things
  • She's always carping about something and it gets me in a bad mood.
  • carping = repeatedly complaining about unimportant things
  • Another reason I welcome the change is that Mama's always carping at me, especially at the table.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • carping = repeatedly complaining about unimportant things
  • Pim has nearly reached the boiling point; Mrs. van D. is lying in bed with a cold, grumbling; Mr. van D. is growing pale without his cigarettes; Dussel, who's having to give up many of his comforts, is carping at everyone; etc., etc. We seem to have run out of luck lately.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • carping = repeatedly complaining
  • In addition, he bore directly Eliza's nagging and carping attack.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Hucheloup had invented a capital thing which could be eaten nowhere but in his house, stuffed carps, which he called carpes au gras.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The Morrison children, coming home from school, would find no aches, no carping, no headache.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • By November Piedmont had evidently tired of my carping and unrelenting bitching about conditions at the school.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Before those who now, for the sake of the Savage, paid their court to him, Bernard would parade a carping unorthodoxy.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "Ah, Mr. Macey, you and me are two folks," said Ben, slightly indignant at this carping.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • And to that end we wish'd your lordship here, To avoid the the the censures of the carping world.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Sure, sure, such carping is not commendable.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Rejoined the Lord Odysseus: "Diomedes, no good flattering me, or carping, either— not before men who know me through and through.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Each one held his own course, carping and swearing, without listening to his neighbor.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • How is this? some carping reader exclaims.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • He appeared frail and stupid to me, a man made of dried twigs with a thin, carping voice.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Ellen, by soft-voiced admonition, and Mammy, by constant carping, labored to inculcate in her the qualities that would make her truly desirable as a wife.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Am I myself to bear a carping critic, A base usurper with a power tyrannic, Such that we can do nothing for diversion Without hearing about that creep's aversion?
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • The Hiroshima players were at first called, in English, the Carps, until he pointed out to the public that the plural for that fish, and for those ballplayers, had no "s."
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Yet he was in no sense a Separatist; his hospitality took in strangers from every land; the carping Pharisees even accused him of having more than once entertained Samaritans at his table.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur

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