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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Naggingly critical or complaining.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of carp.
  • adj. Pertaining to excessive complaining.
  • n. Excessive complaining.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fault-finding; censorious caviling. See captious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Faultfinding; over-critical.
  • n. Speech; talk; conversation.
  • n. The act of caviling; a cavil; unreasonable criticism or censure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. persistent petty and unjustified criticism

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