- Quibble is defined as a petty, irrelevant or evasive argument.
An example of a quibble is comparing a serious political issue to a minor daily life issue.
- To quibble is defined as to use petty, trivial expressions or arguments when discussing an issue.
An example of to quibble is to provide excuses instead of saying the truth.
quibble definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete a play on words; pun
- an evasion of the main point as by emphasizing some petty detail; cavil
- a petty objection or criticism
Origin: diminutive ; from obsolete quib ; from Classical Latin quibus, ablative plural of qui, which, who: quibus was common in legal documents
- quibbler noun
quibble definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb quib·bled, quib·bling, quib·bles
- To evade the truth or importance of an issue by raising trivial distinctions and objections.
- To find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil.
- A petty distinction or an irrelevant objection.
- Archaic A pun.
Origin: Probably diminutive of obsolete quib, equivocation, perhaps from Latin quibus, dative and ablative pl. of quī, who, what (from its frequent use in legal documents); see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- quibˈbler noun