v. cav·iled, cav·il·ing, cav·ils also cav·illed or cav·il·ling
or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. See Synonyms
To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
A carping or trivial objection.
[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillārī, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.]
also intransigeant (ĭn-trăn′sə-jənt, -zə-)
Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
, from Spanish intransigente
, not (from Latin; see in-1
) + transigente
, present participle
, to compromise (from Latin trānsigere
, to come to an agreement
, to drive
; see ag-
in Indo-European roots
in·tran′si·gence, in·tran′si·gen·cy n.
1. lacking spirit or interest; dull: vapid conversation.
2. lacking sharpness or flavor.
< Latin vapidus; akin
va•pid′i•ty, vap′id•ness, n.
piquant (ˈpiːkənt; -kɑːnt)
1. having an agreeably pungent or tart taste
2. lively or stimulating to the mind
[C16: from French (literally: prickling), from piquer to prick, goad; ]
ˈpiquancy, ˈpiquantness n
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