Caviler vs Caviled - What's the difference?

caviler | caviled |

As a noun caviler

is a person who cavils; a faultfinder, quibbler or nitpicker.

As a verb caviled is





(en noun)
  • A person who cavils; a faultfinder, quibbler or nitpicker
  • *1817 John Nicholas - Illustrations of the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century
  • *:a man who comments on the Bible affords all the opportunity a caviler could wish for.
  • Anagrams

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  • (cavil)

  • cavil


    Alternative forms

    * cavel, cavell


  • To criticise for petty or frivolous reasons.
  • * 1598? , William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona , Act I, scene I:
  • 'Tis love you cavil at: I am not Love.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=5 citation , passage=Stranleigh found no difficulty in getting a cavalcade together at Bleacher’s station, an amazingly long distance west of New York. A man finds little trouble in obtaining what he wants, if he never cavils at the price asked, and is willing to pay in advance.}}
  • * 1928 , D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover :
  • I wish you wouldn't cavil , Hilda.


    * be hypercritical, nitpick, pettifog, split hairs


    (en noun)
  • A petty or trivial objection or criticism.
  • * 1835 , Charles G. Finney, Lectures on revivals of religion :
  • It is not worth while to spend your time in arguing against a cavil , but make him feel he is committing a sin to plead it, and thus enlist his conscience on your side.