What does quibble mean?

Definitions for quibbleˈkwɪb əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word quibble.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quibble

    kwib′l, n. a turning away from the point in question into matters irrelevant or insignificant: an evasion, a pun: a petty conceit.—v.i. to evade a question by a play upon words: to cavil: to trifle in argument: to pun.—n. Quibb′ler.—adv. Quibb′lingly. [Freq. of quip.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quibble in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quibble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Rubin:

    She can quibble that she would have negotiated a better deal, but I don't think that at this point that sort of wordsmithing is going to work, she is tied to it.

  2. Ellen Tauscher:

    We can quibble about what [ emails ] should be re-classified when they go out to the public, but that’s dancing on the head of a pin, that’s partisan politics.

  3. Tallulah Bankhead:

    Let's not quibble! I'm the foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    I don't quibble with labels. I think we all recognize that this is a particular problem that has roots in Muslim communities, but I think we do ourselves a disservice in this fight if we are not taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject this ideology.

  5. Mike Doherty:

    Some may quibble over how much more New Jersey spends on our highways than other states, but nobody disputes that we do spend more than everyone else, with New Jersey drivers already shouldering such a heavy tax and toll burden, it’s imperative that we find out why millions we spend on our roads get us so little in return.

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Translations for quibble

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • تمحكArabic
  • 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, придираться, каламбурRussian
  • cepidlačenje, cepidlačitiSerbo-Croatian

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