Synonyms for carpet

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He didn't see that she was perspiring, worn out by her struggle with the carpet.

The carpet was soft and rich; it gave back no sound of footfall.

Convalescents who were able to walk flapped along in carpet slippers.

On the steps, a carpet, thick and heavy, muffled his footfalls.

Mr Dorrit stood rooted to the carpet, a statue of mystification.

"Perhaps what I want is not to be bought," he said, with his eyes on the carpet.

There's them that says, 'Swape aisy and not be gettin' the wools off the carpet.'

It laid over by the bulkhead, and was nearly the color of the carpet.

He spoke quietly now, heavily, and moved his feet on the carpet.

The trees were all uninjured; the carpet of velvety moss was undefiled by blood.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., "coarse cloth;" mid-14c., "tablecloth, bedspread;" from Old French carpite "heavy decorated cloth, carpet," from Medieval Latin or Old Italian carpita "thick woolen cloth," probably from Latin carpere "to card, pluck," probably so called because it was made from unraveled, shreded, "plucked" fabric; from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)). Meaning shifted 15c. to floor coverings.

From 16c.-19c. as an adjective often with a tinge of contempt, when used of men (e.g. carpet-knight, 1570s) by association with luxury, ladies' boudoirs, and drawing rooms. On the carpet "summoned for reprimand" is 1900, U.S. colloquial (but cf. carpet (v.) "call (someone) to be reprimanded," 1823, British servants' slang). To sweep or push something under the carpet in the figurative sense is first recorded 1953.

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