quibble

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EtymologyEdit

From a diminutive of Latin quibus, which appeared frequently in legal documents[1].

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NounEdit

quibble (plural quibbles)

  1. A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument.
    He harped on his quibble about how the dark red paint should be described as carmine rather than burgundy.
  2. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; a cavil.
    • I. Watts
      Quibbles have no place in the search after truth.
  3. (obsolete) A pun.

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quibble (third-person singular simple present quibbles, present participle quibbling, simple past and past participle quibbled)

  1. (intransitive) To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner.
    They are constantly quibbling over insignificant details.

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  1. ^ Wheelock's Latin, Frederic M. Wheelock, 6th ed., p. 115
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