quibbling over dates aside, 19th century Americans did insistently observe a day of remembrance.
I have followed you here to tell you that the time is past for quibbling, and no mere ruse will suffice longer to put me off!
Mr. Christian's wit, in general, seemed to him a poor kind of quibbling.
They cannot be altogether cheated out of their rights by sophisms and quibbling.
Where he might have appeared a martyr, he chose to stand as a quibbling casuist.
Why does he stand playing upon the meaning of words and quibbling around the edges of the evidence?
I set it down as a sign of the state to which I had come, that I was convinced by my own quibbling.
quibbling over minor details shows a failure to grasp the big ideas.
But you see that I have not stooped to any quibbling, or begging either.
But how can we stay babbling and quibbling here all this delicious afternoon?
1610s, "a pun, a play on words," probably a diminutive of obsolete quib "evasion of point at issue," based on an overuse of Latin quibus? in legal jargon, which supposedly gave it the association with trivial argument. Meaning "equivocation, evasion of the point" is attested from 1660s.
"equivocate, evade the point, turn from the point in question or the plain truth," 1650s, from quibble (n.). Earlier "to pun" (1620s). Related: Quibbled; quibbling.