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 cavilling
"Shadow-boxing," he observed in a cavilling spirit to his companion.The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
The most cavilling sectarian cannot accuse the foregoing with containing the least ingredient of persecution.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I|Thomas Paine
Carp′er, one who carps or cavils; Carp′ing, cavilling: fault-finding.
I do think, dear, you are only cavilling and making difficulties.A Likely Story|William De Morgan
And Plato's banquet is full of mockers, cavilling at one another; for I say nothing of the digression about Alcibiades.
British Dictionary definitions for cavilling
verb -ils, -illing or -illed or US -ils, -iling or -iled
Word Origin for cavil
Word Origin and History for cavilling
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).