See also: Carper
carper (plural carpers)
- A person who habitually carps, who talks too much and regularly finds fault.
- c. 1605–1608, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Tymon of Athens”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- Shame not these woods, / By putting on the cunning of a carper.
- 1678, John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That which is to Come: […], London: […] Nath[aniel] Ponder […], →OCLC; reprinted in The Pilgrim’s Progress (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas, […], 1928, →OCLC, page The Author’s Apology for his Book:
- Come, let my carper to his life now look,
And find there darker lines than in my book
He findeth any […]
- See also Thesaurus:complainer