Quibble is defined as a petty, irrelevant or evasive argument.noun
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.verb
An example of to quibble is to provide excuses instead of saying the truth.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: dim. < obs. quib < L quibus, abl. pl. of qui, which, who: quibus was common in legal documents
- quibbler noun
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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