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
Synonyms for cavil
Related Words for cavillernag, quibbler, caviler, scold, nitpicker, niggler, nagger, faultfinder, complainer, carper, whiner, pettifogger, criticizer, castigator
Examples from the Web for caviller
Historical Examples of caviller
The injunction is multiplied on us, as it were, to silence the sophistry of the caviller, and to fix the most inconsiderate mind.
"What objection could a caviller find with my epigram," said Mathilde to herself.The Red and the Black
Surely none but a caviller will find any want of harmony between these different modes of expression.The Theology of Holiness
I have proof enough to carry conviction to any honest breast—to satisfy any caviller—except a court of justice.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
I neither fear the critic or the caviller upon the ground-work of my address.An Address to Men of Science
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).