I. verb (quibbled; quibbling) Date: 1656 intransitive verb 1. to evade the point of an argument by caviling about words 2. a. cavil, carp b. bicker transitive verb to subject to quibbles • quibbler noun II. noun Etymology: probably diminutive of obsolete quib quibble Date: 1664 1. an evasion of or shift from the point 2. a minor objection or criticism

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  • Quibble — Quib ble, n. [Probably fr. quib, quip, but influenced by quillet, or quiddity.] 1. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil. [1913 Webster] Quibbles have no place in the search after truth …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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