quibble


1quib·ble

verb \ˈkwi-bəl\

: to argue or complain about small, unimportant things

quib·bledquib·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of QUIBBLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words
2
a :  cavil, carp
b :  bicker
transitive verb
:  to subject to quibbles
quib·bler \-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>

First Known Use of QUIBBLE

1656

2quibble

noun

: a small complaint or criticism usually about something unimportant

Full Definition of QUIBBLE

1
:  an evasion of or shift from the point
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

Rhymes with QUIBBLE

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