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
Examples from the Web for cavils
Historical Examples of cavils
Cavils like this are superfluous in view of the abundant testimony to the contrary.Tea Leaves
He had had cavils not a few with Oglethorpe and the Georgian Trustees.
I prefer the atheist who blasphemes to the sceptic who cavils.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2
It would only expose him, he said, to the suspicions and the cavils of his enemies.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.
William H. Prescott
There were also delays, hesitations and cavils at home, which were more inexplicable.
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).