Quibbling
Quibble Quib"ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Quibbled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Quibbling}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To pun; to practice punning. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle. [1913 Webster]


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