- 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.
- Obs. a play on words; pun
- an evasion of the main point as by emphasizing some petty detail; cavil
- a petty objection or criticism
Origin of quibblediminutive from obsolete quib from Classical Latin quibus, ablative plural of qui, which, who: quibus was common in legal documents
intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
intransitive verbquib·bled, quib·bling, quib·bles
- A trivial matter or minor concern raised in arguing or finding fault.
- Archaic A pun.
Origin of quibbleProbably 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.
(third-person singular simple present quibbles, present participle quibbling, simple past and past participle quibbled)
From a diminutive of Latin quibus, which appeared frequently in legal documents .