quibble

  • 1 quibble — [n] objection, complaint artifice, cavil, criticism, dodge, duplicity, equivocation, evasion, hair splitter*, nicety, niggle*, nit picker*, pretense, prevarication, protest, quiddity, quirk, shift, sophism, subterfuge, subtlety; concepts 46,52… …

    New thesaurus

  • 2 quibble — [kwib′əl] n. [dim. < obs. quib < L quibus, abl. pl. of qui, which, WHO: quibus was common in legal documents] 1. Obs. a play on words; pun 2. an evasion of the main point as by emphasizing some petty detail; cavil 3. a petty objection or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 Quibble — 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. [1913 Webster] Quibbles have no place in the search after truth …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Quibble — 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 Quibble — (engl., spr. Kwibbl), Wortsspiel, Zweideutigkeit, Witzelei …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 6 Quibble — (Kwibbl), engl., Wortspiel; Witzelei; Zweideutigkeit …

    Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • 7 quibble — I verb bicker, cavil, contend with, differ, disagree, dispute, dissent, equivocate, fence, haggle, join issue, oppose, palter, quarrel, tergiversate, wrangle II index equivocate, haggle, prevaricate, tergiversate …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 quibble — ► NOUN 1) a slight objection or criticism. 2) archaic a pun. ► VERB ▪ argue about a trivial matter. ORIGIN from obsolete quib «a petty objection», probably from Latin quibus, from qui, quae, quod who, what, which , frequently used in legal… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 quibble — I n. a minor quibble II v. (D; intr.) to quibble about, over; with (to quibble about trifles) * * * [ kwɪb(ə)l] over with (to quibble about trifles) (D; intr.) to quibble about a minor quibble …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 quibble — quib|ble1 [ˈkwıbəl] v to argue about small unimportant details quibble about/over ▪ Let s not quibble over minor details. quibble 2 quibble2 [i]n [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from quib quibble (16 17 centuries), probably from Latin quibus… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 quibble — {{11}}quibble (n.) 1610s, a pun, a play on words, probably a dim. of QUIB (Cf. quib) evasion of point at issue (c.1550); that word s overuse in legal jargon supposedly gave it the association with trivial argument. Meaning equivocation, evasion… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 quibble — I UK [ˈkwɪb(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms quibble : present tense I/you/we/they quibble he/she/it quibbles present participle quibbling past tense quibbled past participle quibbled to argue or complain about something that is not… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 Quibble — A quibble may refer to: *a trivial objection *a pun, or play on words * Quibble (computing) * Quibble (plot device), in narratology …

    Wikipedia

  • 14 quibble — [[t]kwɪ̱b(ə)l[/t]] quibbles, quibbling, quibbled 1) V RECIP When people quibble over a small matter, they argue about it even though it is not important. [V over/about/with n] Council members spent the day quibbling over the final wording of the… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 Quibble — Quib|ble [kwibl̩] das; s, s <aus engl. quibble »Spitzfindigkeit« zu to quibble »streiten«> (veraltet) a) spitzfindige Ausflucht; b) [sophistisches, witziges] Wortspiel …

    Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • 16 quibble — 1 verb (intransitive + over/about) to argue about small points or details that are completely unimportant: Don t quibble about the money just pay what she asks. 2 noun (C) a small complaint or criticism about something very unimportant: I have… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 quibble — /ˈkwɪbəl / (say kwibuhl) noun 1. a use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue. 2. the use of such arguments. 3. trivial, petty, or carping criticism. –verb (i) (quibbled, quibbling) 4. to evade… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 quibble — I. verb (quibbled; quibbling) Date: 1656 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 • …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 quibble — 1. noun A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument. I have a quibble with the management practice of declaring everything urgent. 2. verb To complain or argue in a trivi …

    Wiktionary

  • 20 Quibble — Quib|ble [kwɪbl], das; s, s [engl. quibble, wahrsch. Vkl. von älter engl. quib < lat. quibus, Dat. od. Ablativ Pl. von: qui = welcher; der] (veraltet): a) spitzfindige Ausflucht; b) [sophistisches, witziges] Wortspiel …

    Universal-Lexikon