Carp v. i. [imp. & p. p. Carped p. pr. & vb. n. Carping.]
1. To talk; to speak; to prattle. [Obs.]
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.
Carp·ing a. Fault-finding; censorious caviling. See Captious.
-- Carp*ing*ly, adv.
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,
n : persistent petty and unjustified criticism [syn: faultfinding]