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 caviler
What a triumphant answer to the caviler who could say, "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?"Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh
I say these things to teach us to be careful not to join the caviler in judging presumptuously the work and Word of God.
Mr. Caviler, your voice is harsh and grating too when you get very angry, isn't it?A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
Let the real Christian come into the presence of the caviler, stand before his very eyes, and the caviler will not see him.
verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled
Word Origin 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).