quibble
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈkwɪbəl/
Noun

quibble (plural quibbles)

  1. (now, rare) A pun. [from 17th c.]
    • 1864, Robert Kemp Philp (editor), The Family Friend (page 54)
      Is it a quibble, or play upon words?
  2. An objection or argument based on an ambiguity of wording or similar trivial circumstance; a minor complaint. [from 17th c.]
    He harped on his quibble about how the dark red paint should be described as carmine rather than burgundy.
    • I. Watts
      Quibbles have no place in the search after truth.
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quibble (quibbles, present participle quibbling; past and past participle quibbled)

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