Definition of cavil verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cavil

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkævl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cavil
BrE BrE//ˈkævl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævl//
 
he / she / it cavils
BrE BrE//ˈkævlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævlz//
 
past simple cavilled
BrE BrE//ˈkævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævld//
 
past participle cavilled
BrE BrE//ˈkævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævld//
 
(especially US English) past simple caviled
BrE BrE//ˈkævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævld//
 
(especially US English) past participle caviled
BrE BrE//ˈkævld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævld//
 
-ing form cavilling
BrE BrE//ˈkævlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævlɪŋ//
 
(especially US English) -ing form caviling
BrE BrE//ˈkævlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkævlɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] cavil (at something) (formal) to make unnecessary complaints about something synonym quibble Several countries cavilled at the cost of the project. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French caviller, from Latin cavillari, from cavilla ‘mockery’.
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