Quibble meaning

kwĭbəl
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.

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A trivial matter or minor concern raised in arguing or finding fault.
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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.

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To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
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(archaic) A pun.
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A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; a cavil.
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(obs.) A play on words; pun.
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An evasion of the main point as by emphasizing some petty detail; cavil.
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A petty objection or criticism.
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To evade the truth of a point under discussion by caviling; resort to a quibble.
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A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument.

He harped on his quibble about how the dark red paint should be described as carmine rather than burgundy.

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(intransitive) To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner.

They are constantly quibbling over insignificant details.

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Origin of quibble

  • 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) kwo- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a diminutive of Latin quibus, which appeared frequently in legal documents.

    From Wiktionary