Definitions for quibbleˈkwɪb əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quibble, quiddity, cavil(verb)

    an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

  2. quibble(verb)

    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

  3. quibble, niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabble(verb)

    argue over petty things

    "Let's not quibble over pennies"


  1. quibble(Noun)

    A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument.

    I have a quibble with the management practice of declaring everything urgent.

  2. quibble(Verb)

    To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner.

    They are constantly quibbling over insignificant details.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quibble(noun)

    a shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil

  2. Quibble(noun)

    a pun; a low conceit

  3. Quibble(verb)

    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 discourse; to equivocate

  4. Quibble(verb)

    to pun; to practice punning

  5. Origin: [Probably fr. quib, quip, but influenced by quillet, or quiddity.]


  1. Quibble

    In literature, a quibble is a common plot device, used to fulfill the exact verbal conditions of an agreement in order to avoid the intended meaning. Its most common uses are in legal bargains and, in fantasy, magically enforced ones. In one of the best known examples, William Shakespeare used a quibble in The Merchant of Venice. Portia saves Antonio in a court of law by pointing out that the agreement called for a pound of flesh, but no blood, and therefore Shylock can collect only if he sheds no blood.

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  • herumstreiten, Spitzfindigkeit, kleinliche Kritik, HaarspaltereiGerman
  • ĉikaniEsperanto
  • sutilizar, argucia, sutilezaSpanish
  • mutina, kitistä, narista, kitinä, marina, marista, narina, suukopu, kränäFinnish
  • pinailler, chicaner, chipoter, ergoter, argutie, chinoiserFrench
  • berdalihIndonesian
  • cavillare, cavilloItalian
  • cavillariLatin
  • haarkloverij, muggenziftenDutch
  • preocupar-se, discutir, minúciaPortuguese
  • придирка, придиратьсяRussian
  • cepidlačenje, cepidlačitiSerbo-Croatian

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