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Dictionary Definition

quibble n : an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections [syn: quiddity, cavil]


1 evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
2 argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies" [syn: niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabble]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument.
    I have a quibble with the management practice of declaring everything urgent.



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

Extensive Definition

A quibble may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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