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cavil

verb cav·il \ˈka-vəl\

: to complain about things that are not important

cav·iled or cav·illedcav·il·ing or cav·il·ling\ˈka-və-liŋ, ˈkav-liŋ\

Full Definition of CAVIL

intransitive verb
:  to raise trivial and frivolous objection
transitive verb
:  to raise trivial objections to
cavil noun
cav·il·er or cav·il·ler \ˈka-və-lər, ˈkav-lər\ noun

Examples of CAVIL

  1. I don't intend to cavil or compromise.
  2. A customer caviled about the price.

Origin of CAVIL

Latin cavillari to jest, cavil, from cavilla raillery; akin to Latin calvi to deceive — more at calumny
First Known Use: 1542

Rhymes with CAVIL

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