verb (used without object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially British) cav·illed, cav·il·ling.
verb (used with object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially British) cav·illed, cav·il·ling.
Origin of cavil
Examples from the Web for cavil
It would be foolish to cavil about living in any city, with its many pleasures and diversions, he says.
But I must not cavil at the decisions of the invisible infallibles; and the article is very well written.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II|Thomas Moore
Beyond all cavil this position is most conducive to the happiness of the human family in this life.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
Was I, who had cast many a wistful, doubtful glance at my opium bottle, to begin now to weigh chances and to cavil at danger.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales|Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for cavil
verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled
Word Origin for cavil
Word Origin and History for cavil
1540s, from Middle French caviller "to mock, jest," from Latin cavillari "to jeer, mock; satirize, argue scoffingly" (also source of Italian cavillare, Spanish cavilar), from cavilla "jest, jeering," related to calumnia (see calumny).