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quib·ble

 (kwĭb′əl)
intr.v. quib·bled, quib·bling, quib·bles
To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
n.
1. A trivial matter or minor concern raised in arguing or finding fault.
2. Archaic A pun.

[Probably diminutive of obsolete quib, equivocation, perhaps from Latin quibus, dative and ablative pl. of quī, who, what (from its frequent use in legal documents); see kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

quib′bler n.
Synonyms: quibble, carp1, cavil, nitpick
These verbs mean to raise petty or frivolous objections or complaints: quibbling about minor details; a critic who constantly carped; caviling about the price of coffee; tried to stop nitpicking all the time.

quibble

(ˈkwɪbəl)
vb (intr)
1. to make trivial objections; prevaricate
2. archaic to play on words; pun
n
3. a trivial objection or equivocation, esp one used to avoid an issue
4. archaic a pun
[C17: probably from obsolete quib, perhaps from Latin quibus (from quī who, which), as used in legal documents, with reference to their obscure phraseology]
ˈquibbler n
ˈquibbling adj, n
ˈquibblingly adv

quib•ble

(ˈkwɪb əl)

n., v. -bled, -bling. n.
1. a petty or carping criticism.
2. an instance of the use of ambiguous, deceptive, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
v.i.
3. to argue or complain about trivial matters; bicker, carp, or cavil.
4. to use evasive or ambiguous language; equivocate.
[1605–15; perhaps derivative (compare -le) of quib gibe, appar. akin to quip]
quib′bler, n.

quibble


Past participle: quibbled
Gerund: quibbling

Imperative
quibble
quibble
Present
I quibble
you quibble
he/she/it quibbles
we quibble
you quibble
they quibble
Preterite
I quibbled
you quibbled
he/she/it quibbled
we quibbled
you quibbled
they quibbled
Present Continuous
I am quibbling
you are quibbling
he/she/it is quibbling
we are quibbling
you are quibbling
they are quibbling
Present Perfect
I have quibbled
you have quibbled
he/she/it has quibbled
we have quibbled
you have quibbled
they have quibbled
Past Continuous
I was quibbling
you were quibbling
he/she/it was quibbling
we were quibbling
you were quibbling
they were quibbling
Past Perfect
I had quibbled
you had quibbled
he/she/it had quibbled
we had quibbled
you had quibbled
they had quibbled
Future
I will quibble
you will quibble
he/she/it will quibble
we will quibble
you will quibble
they will quibble
Future Perfect
I will have quibbled
you will have quibbled
he/she/it will have quibbled
we will have quibbled
you will have quibbled
they will have quibbled
Future Continuous
I will be quibbling
you will be quibbling
he/she/it will be quibbling
we will be quibbling
you will be quibbling
they will be quibbling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been quibbling
you have been quibbling
he/she/it has been quibbling
we have been quibbling
you have been quibbling
they have been quibbling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been quibbling
you will have been quibbling
he/she/it will have been quibbling
we will have been quibbling
you will have been quibbling
they will have been quibbling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been quibbling
you had been quibbling
he/she/it had been quibbling
we had been quibbling
you had been quibbling
they had been quibbling
Conditional
I would quibble
you would quibble
he/she/it would quibble
we would quibble
you would quibble
they would quibble
Past Conditional
I would have quibbled
you would have quibbled
he/she/it would have quibbled
we would have quibbled
you would have quibbled
they would have quibbled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quibble - an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
equivocation, evasion - a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
Verb1.quibble - evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
evade, hedge, sidestep, skirt, parry, fudge, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck, put off - avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
2.quibble - argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
argue, contend, debate, fence - have an argument about something

quibble

quibble

verb
1. To raise unnecessary or trivial objections:
Translations
chicanerenculer les mouches

quibble

[ˈkwɪbl]
A. N (= trivial objection) → objeción f de poca monta
he dismissed their objections as mere quibblesdesestimó sus objeciones como si se trataran de simples nimiedades
the deal was held up by some legal quibblese retrasó el acuerdo a causa de una pequeña objeción de carácter legal
B. VIhacer objeciones de poca monta
he always quibbleses un quisquilloso
to quibble over or about sthdiscutir por algo sin importancia
I'm not going to quibble over 20 penceno voy a discutir por 20 peniques
there's no point in quibbling about who's right and who's wrongno sirve de nada discutir por quién tiene razón y quién no

quibble

[ˈkwɪbəl]
vi (= argue) → ergoter, chicaner
to quibble about sth, to quibble over sth → ergoter sur qch, chicaner sur qch
to quibble with sth (= disagree) → ne pas être d'accord avec qch
n (= complaint) → objection f

quibble

vi (= be petty-minded)kleinlich sein (over, about wegen); (= argue with sb)sich herumstreiten (over, about wegen); to quibble over detailsauf Einzelheiten herumreiten; he quibbled about the designer krittelte am Design herum; they weren’t arguing, just quibblingsie diskutierten nicht, sondern stritten sich nur über Spitzfindigkeiten
n these aren’t really serious criticisms at all, just quibblesdas ist doch keine ernsthafte Kritik, das sind doch nur Spitzfindigkeiten or Haarspaltereien; I’ve got a few quibbles about her work/the designich habe ein paar Kleinigkeiten an ihrer Arbeit/am Design auszusetzen; I hope you don’t think this is a quibble, but …ich hoffe, Sie halten mich nicht für kleinlich, aber …

quibble

[ˈkwɪbl]
References in classic literature ?
He had practised sophistries and quibbled instead of judging; he had criticised effects and done nothing for causes; his head was full of plans such as a political party lays upon the shoulders of a leader,--matters of private interest brought to an orator supposed to have a future, a jumble of schemes and impractical requests.
They quibbled when he gave them 50p and in the confusion one grabbed his wallet and ran off with it.
While some critics have quibbled about the outcomes of some of his rulings, none has been able to find any instances - let alone a pattern - of Alito's allowing ideology to trump sound jurisprudence.