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
Probably fr. quib
, but influenced by quillet
, or quiddity
- 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.
- A pun; a low conceit.
Quib"ble intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Quibbled ; present participle & verbal noun Quibbling
- 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.
Syn. -- To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle.
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