Definition of quibble:
- A pun; a low conceit.
- A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
- 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.
- To pun; to practice punning.
brabble, carp, equivocation, spat, shift, squabble, fuss, support, dodge, wrangle, cavil, quiddity, haecceity, avoidance, tangle, dispute, niggle, tiff, objection, conflict, pettifog, contend, complaint, fret, bicker, lie, fight, hassle, argue, nitpick, quarrel.
He felt himself beaten in this discussion where no logic was possible, and he said desperately that he would no longer quibble or avoid issues, that he would lay the truth before her, and pronounce ugly names.- "The Salamander", Owen Johnson.
- "The Sources Of Religious Insight", Josiah Royce.
Leave out all mention of the States- I make no mere verbal point or quibble, but mean the States in their separate, several, distinct capacity- and what would remain would be of less account than the play of the Prince of Denmark with the part of Hamlet omitted.- "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)", Jefferson Davis.