The adjective carping means difficult to please or critical.

Synonyms are complaining, caviling, censorious, or fault-finding.

The word origins from Old Norse karpa meaning ‘‘brag’’. It is later influenced by Latin carpere meaning ‘‘pluck at, slander’’.

Her carping words are because of the fact that she is invisible on the way up the corporate ladder.

Everyone in the room dislikes his carping spirit. They are all fed up of his baseless complaints.

The novel is infused with a carping style of verbal criticism.