a. fault-finding; excessive complaining; of unreasonable criticism or censure
A carping critic is a nit-picker: he loves to point out flaws.
Sentence in Classic:
The morning dew was still lying on the thick undergrowth of the grass, and that he might not get his feet wet, Sergey Ivanovitch asked his brother to drive him in the trap up to the willow tree from which the carp was caught.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
All this naked white human flesh, laughing and shrieking, floundered about in that dirty pool like carp stuffed into a watering can, and the suggestion of merriment in that floundering mass rendered it specially pathetic.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy Context
What she wanted, like that carp (something moved in the water) was darkness in the mud; a whisky and soda at the pub; and coarse words descending like maggots through the waters.
Between the Acts (1941) By Virginia Woolf Context
Hucheloup had invented a capital thing which could be eaten nowhere but in his house, stuffed carps, which he called carpes au gras.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
Now suppose that next day, one of these eels, or pike, or carp, poisoned at the fourth remove, is served up at your table.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas Context