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carp 1

intr.v. carped, carp·ing, carps
To complain or find fault in a petty or disagreeable way: carped about the poor service at the restaurant. See Synonyms at quibble.

[Middle English carpen, from Old Norse karpa, to boast.]

carp′er n.

carp 2

n. pl. carp or carps
1. A freshwater cyprinid fish (Cyprinus carpio) native to Eurasia that is widely bred in ponds for food.
2. Any of various fishes of the family Cyprinidae.

[Middle English carpe, from Old French carpe, from Medieval Latin carpa, of Germanic origin.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.carper - someone who constantly criticizes in a petty waycarper - someone who constantly criticizes in a petty way
critic - someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
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A person who finds fault, often severely and willfully:
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References in classic literature ?
A carper might have said that Eddy was the least bit vague on the subject of the dear old days.
Some notorious carpers and squeamish moralists might be sulky with Lord Steyne, but they were glad enough to come when he asked them.
He also assured the new landowners that the government's support for them under the CARPer does not end in the distribution of lands, as there are also various support services to uplift their lives.
Carper said the suspect used a long gun and fired multiple rounds.
Sandherr, said, "Senators Barrasso and Carper have crafted a bipartisan proposal to improve the nation's aging and over-burdened highway network that is a critical first-step and should prompt action in the Senate and House of Representatives."
The EPA has "decided to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" after the successful clean-up of toxins from the country's coal-plant smokestacks, Carper said.
Meanwhile, Carper clarified that the decision was not in any way related to the horrific injury suffered by the Celtics' Gordon Hayward, who appeared to fracture his ankle just five minutes into the game.
Senators McCaskill and Carper also asked the National Archives for information about reports that White House staffers were ordered to use ( smartphone apps that don't archive emails and communications in order to ( combat leaked information.
Not taking meaningful action, Carper noted, has taken a toll on the infrastructure as the U.S.
''I remain deeply concerned that if we kick this can into next year that the next Congress -- like so many Congresses before it -- will be unable to summon the courage necessary to write a long-term plan for our nation's infrastructure,'' Carper said.
Carper said that as virtual currencies like Bitcoin and similar technologies continue to be increasingly utilized, it had to be ensured that governments were adequately protecting consumers and addressing lawbreakers without hindering innovation.