• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈkæv.əl/, /ˈkæv.ɪl/

cavil (cavils, present participle cavilling; past and past participle cavilled)

  1. (intransitive) To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons.
    Synonyms: be hypercritical, nitpick, pettifog, split hairs
    • 1598?, William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act I, scene I:
      'Tis love you cavil at: I am not Love.
Translations Noun

cavil (plural cavils)

  1. A petty or trivial objection or criticism.

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