Definitions for: Quibble


[n] an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
[v] argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
[v] evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections



Webster (1913) Definition: Quib"ble, n. [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.


Quib"ble, v. i. [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.

Synonyms: bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quiddity, squabble

See Also: argue, circumvent, contend, debate, dodge, duck, elude, equivocation, evade, evasion, fence, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt

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