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cavil

cav·il

cavil

 
 
pronunciation:
kae vl
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: caviled, caviling, cavils
definition: to make petty criticisms or objections; carp (usu. fol. by at or about).
He tried to discuss his plans with his father in private, knowing his mother's tendency to cavil.
synonyms:
carp, nitpick, pick, quibble
similar words:
bicker, crab, haggle, nag, niggle
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to raise petty objections to; quibble about.
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a petty and irritating objection.
synonyms:
quibble
similar words:
beef, bellyache, bitch, gripe
derivations: cavilingly (adv.), caviler (n.)