"That canoe may not belong to the cutter," said the captious seaman.
What a captious old woman will my sister make, if she lives to be one!
They are remarkably free from the vice he charges them withal—and have been admitted to be so by the most captious critics.
He is critical, but not captious; laudatory, but not fulsome.
At first thought it may seem superficial and captious; but we do not think it will at the second, and still less at the third.
I cannot afford to be irritable and captious, nor to waste all my time in attacks.
If any complain of these neglects in a captious spirit, we have nothing to hope from them.
Sewell, however, was no captious critic; he took what he got, and was thankful.
They were, however, only mildly opposed to expansion; they were determined and captious in the interpretation of the Constitution.
If one were captious, one might object to the thickness of his lips.
c.1400, capcyus, from Middle French captieux (15c.) or directly from Latin captiosus "fallacious," from captionem (nominative captio) "a deceiving, fallacious argument," literally "a taking (in)," from captus, past participle of capere "to take, catch" (see capable). Related: Captiously; captiousness.