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quibble

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verb quib·ble \ˈkwi-bəl\

Simple Definition of quibble

  • : to argue or complain about small, unimportant things

Full Definition of quibble

quib·bledquib·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words

  3. 2 a :  cavil, carp b :  bicker

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to subject to quibbles

quib·bler play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of quibble

  1. <he spent the entire evening quibbling about the historical inaccuracies in the television series on World War II>

  2. <don't quibble over who gets to sit in front>



1656

First Known Use of quibble

1656

Rhymes with quibble


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quibble

noun quib·ble

Simple Definition of quibble

  • : a small complaint or criticism usually about something unimportant

Full Definition of quibble

  1. 1 :  an evasion of or shift from the point

  2. 2 :  a minor objection or criticism

Examples of quibble

  1. Our only quibble about the trip was that it rained a lot.



Origin of quibble

probably diminutive of obsolete quib quibble


First Known Use: 1664



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