3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Quibble \Quib"ble\, noun [Probably fr. quib, quip, but influenced by quillet, or quiddity.]

1. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.

Quibbles have no place in the search after truth. -- I. Watts.

2. A pun; a low conceit.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Quibble \Quib"ble\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Quibbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quibbling}.]

1. To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate.

2. To pun; to practice punning. --Cudworth.

Syn: To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections [syn: {quibble}, {quiddity}, {cavil}]


1: evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

2: argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: {quibble}, {niggle}, {pettifog}, {bicker}, {squabble}, {brabble}]

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