Pertaining to excessive complaining.

1847 Having thus acknowledged what I owe those who have aided and approved me, I turn to another class; a small one, so far as I know, but not, therefore, to be overlooked. I mean the timorous or carping few who doubt the tendency of such books as "Jane Eyre:" in whose eyes whatever is unusual is wrong; whose ears detect in each protest against bigotry that parent of crime an insult to piety, that regent of God on earth. I would suggest to such doubters certain obvious distinctions; I would remind them of certain simple truths. — Charlotte Bronte, [ Preface] to 2nd London edition of Jane Eyre.

Excessive complaining.

1911 "Oh, stop your carping, Dawn!" I told myself. "You cant expect charming tones, and Oriental do-dads and apple trees in a German boarding-house. — Edna Ferber, Dawn OHara, the Girl who Laughed, [ Chapter 6]

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