[ kwib-uhl ]
/ ˈkwɪb əl /
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an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
the general use of such arguments.
petty or carping criticism; a minor objection.
verb (used without object), quib·bled, quib·bling.
to carp; cavil.
OTHER WORDS FOR quibble
1 evasion, equivocation, sophism, shift, ambiguity.
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OTHER WORDS FROM quibblequibbler, nounoutquibble, verb (used with object), out·quib·bled, out·quib·bling.
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How to use quibble in a sentence
With him the quibbler, the doctrinaire, the political economist, has no place.Sir Charles Napier|Sir William Francis Butler
If there is one thing I find it difficult to have Christian patience with, it is a quibbler.Hildegarde's Harvest|Laura E. Richards
You are a quibbler, I vow; but I would not hear your worst enemy accuse you of being orthodox.A Nest of Linnets|Frank Frankfort Moore
And the last time you had a word or two—y' infairnal quibbler—was it just before your last spasm, eh?Hard Cash|Charles Reade
Thus had confusion been brought to the last quibbler in Zion.The Lions of the Lord|Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for quibble
/ (ˈkwɪbəl) /
to make trivial objections; prevaricate
archaic to play on words; pun
a trivial objection or equivocation, esp one used to avoid an issue
archaic a pun
Derived forms of quibblequibbler, nounquibbling, adjective, nounquibblingly, adverb
Word Origin for quibble
C17: probably from obsolete quib, perhaps from Latin quibus (from quī who, which), as used in legal documents, with reference to their obscure phraseology
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