quibble Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
verb evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
verb argue over petty things
niggle; squabble; pettifog; bicker; brabble.
- Let's not quibble over pennies
A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
Quibbles have no place in the search after truth. I. Watts.
A pun; a low conceit.
Quib"ble intransitive verb
To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate.
To pun; to practice punning.Cudworth. Syn. -- To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle.