View synonyms for quibbling


[ kwib-ling ]


  1. characterized by or consisting of quibbles; carping; niggling:

    quibbling debates.


  1. the act of a person who quibbles.
  2. an instance of quibbling:

    a relationship marked by frequent quibblings.

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Other Words From

  • quibbling·ly adverb
  • un·quibbling adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of quibbling1

First recorded in 1650–60; quibble + -ing 2, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

Quibbling over dates aside, 19th century Americans did insistently observe a day of remembrance.

Despite a spiraling rabbit hole of media quibbling about what Huckabee supposedly said, the basic gist of his remarks were clear.

Fast forward five decades, and mothers and daughters are still quibbling over food.

Thus was the noble "royal law according to the Scripture" destroyed by the petty quibbling use of the word "neighbour."

Poetry had not as yet become the adversary of wit, nor had speculation abused itself by passing into quibbling.

His argument is of merciless length, and occasionally so minute as to sound like quibbling.

As one reads these decisions, there is no evidence of political log-rolling, or of legal quibbling.

Now, that's one of your quibbles, my dear Bishop, and I detest quibbling!


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