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quibbling

[ kwib-ling ]
/ ˈkwɪb lɪŋ /
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adjective

characterized by or consisting of quibbles; carping; niggling: quibbling debates.

noun

the act of a person who quibbles.
an instance of quibbling: a relationship marked by frequent quibblings.

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Origin of quibbling

First recorded in 1650–60; quibble + -ing2, -ing1
Related formsquib·bling·ly, adverbun·quib·bling, adjective

Definition for quibbling (2 of 2)

quibble

[ kwib-uhl ]
/ ˈkwɪb əl /

noun

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 equivocate.
to carp; cavil.

Origin of quibble

1605–15; perhaps derivative (cf. -le) of quib gibe, apparently akin to quip
SYNONYMS FOR quibble
Related formsquib·bler, nounout·quib·ble, verb (used with object), out·quib·bled, out·quib·bling.
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British Dictionary definitions for quibbling

quibble

/ (ˈkwɪbəl) /

verb (intr)

to make trivial objections; prevaricate
archaic to play on words; pun

noun

a trivial objection or equivocation, esp one used to avoid an issue
archaic a pun
Derived Formsquibbler, 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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