ca·vil [kav-uh l]
verb (used without object), caviled, caviling or (especially British) cavilled, cavilling.
1. to make irritating and insignificant objections.
verb (used with object), caviled, caviling or (especially British) cavilled, cavilling.
2. to oppose ludicrous, trivial objections.
3. a trivial, insignificant, and annoying objection.
4. to make such an objection.
1540-50; < Latin cavillārī to jeer, scoff, quibble, verbal derivative of cavilla jesting, banter
1. carp, complain, criticize, find fault.