quibbling


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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.
Translations

quibbling

[ˈkwɪblɪŋ]
A. ADJquisquilloso

quibbling

adj (= petty) personkleinlich; (= hair-splitting) person, details, argumentspitzfindig
nkleinliches Getue (inf); (= petty criticism)Krittelei f; (= hair-splitting)Haarspalterei f, → Wortklauberei f; all this quibbling about detailsdieses Herumreiten auf Einzelheiten
References in classic literature ?
In the Euthydemus, Socrates himself offered an example of the manner in which the true teacher may draw out the mind of youth; this was in contrast to the quibbling follies of the Sophists.
Standish, with as much disgust at such non-legal quibbling as a man can well betray towards a valuable client.
We have offered, from the first moment, our intel, our law enforcement and all of our efforts, and I really think that, you know, this is sort of quibbling a little bit," Kerry said, in response to a reporter's question.
I know everyone loves a bargain but really, quibbling about 50p when folks' livelihoods are on the line simply isn't on.
I'm not quibbling, I've paid the pounds 30 but NCP might like to match it and send it to Cancer Research as a gesture of their sadly-lacking goodwill.