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carper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carper someone who constantly criticizes in a petty way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carper One who carps; a caviler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carper A talker.
    • n carper One who carps; a caviler.
    • n carper One who prepares thistle-teazels for the cloth-napping machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Carper one who carps or cavils
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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:

A carper might have said that Eddy was the least bit vague on the subject of the dear old days.
"The Man Upstairs" by P. G. Wodehouse
Possibly carpers might say that a primrose was not a rose.
"The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll" by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood
There were still carpers who would regard him as a menace to life and limb.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
The man so meagrely furnished as to hold no such idea is but a carper, not a critic.
"Essays Æsthetical" by George Calvert
Isaac had learned blacksmithing under Carper.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
But she was civil even as she sighed, and he would have been a carper who complained.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He repeated substantially what the carpers had said at the time Perry won the title.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
Twiggs was the head groom of Cynthia Carper, and when he ran a horse like that the devil was to pay.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
We are far from sharing the opinion of a carper who remarked that, as sermons go, this volume is rather dear.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
His conduct in that fight gave the lie to the carpers who had accused him of cowardice in the affair in Lo Lo Canyon.
"The Battle of the Big Hole" by G. O. Shields
Yes, Carlyle was ashamed of himself as few men have been; and let all carpers look at what he did.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But if carpers say that Oscar failed in his landscapes, none can say that he failed in his measurements of the popular mind.
"Last Words" by Stephen Crane
After the Carper lease expired without renewal, the caretakers left.
"Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia" by Ellen Anderson
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In news:

Dree Hemingway brought flower power to the red carper.
Forest Carper is the Republican candidate for Kanawha County assessor.
Republican Forest Carper said his own bad experiences in dealing with the Kanawha County assessor's office influenced his decision to run for the job of assessor.
From left, Bardow Lewis, Irene Carper, Chuck Deam, Leonard Forsman, Jay Mills, Angel Hill, Randy George.
With the 2012 election over, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper will begin pushing for community, or satellite, voting.
Kanawha County Commissioners Hoppy Shores, Dave Hardy and Kent Carper check with County Clerk Vera McCormick on a point of law during the election canvass at Voters Registration Tuesday morning.
US Senator Thomas Carper, a Delaware Democrat, discusses the outlook for a government shutdown over the budget debate.
Carper, speaking with Betty Liu on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop," also discusses crude oil prices.
Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says flames are shooting 50 to 75 feet high.
Zac Carper of FIDLAR performs at FYF Fest 2012 on Sept 1 in Los Angeles.
"The Chemical Safety Board undertook the responsibility to investigate the accident and report to the community," Carper said.
The political debates for US House and US Senate at the University of Delaware Tuesday night started with citizens' protests and ended with accusations of corruption and health problems against incumbent Sen Tom Carper.
Gloucester — Dominic Clemenzi, 92, beloved husband of the late Helen Virginia Carper, died on September 22 at Kaplan Hospice after a short illness.
Several structures in the area are on fire, Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said.
Team spokesman Tad Carper said the NBA team has been in contact Tuesday with city officials.
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