Cavil means to disapprove for minor reasons.(verb)
An example of cavil is a mother rejecting her son's date because she doesn't like her shoes.
The definition of a cavil is a silly or petty objection.(noun)
An example of a cavil is little girl's rejection of a Barbie doll because of the color of the clothes.
See cavil in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr caviller < L cavillari < cavilla, jeering < *calvilla < calvari, to deceive; akin to calumnia, calumny
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verb cav·iled also cav·illed, cav·il·ing also cav·il·ling, cav·ils also cav·ils verb, intransitive
Origin: French caviller
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin cavillārī, to jeer
Origin: , from cavilla, a jeering.
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