Simple Definition of cavil
: to complain about things that are not important
Examples of cavil
I don't intend to cavil or compromise.
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
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