He was adroit and quick, and was rather a quibbler than a great lawyer.
With him the quibbler, the doctrinaire, the political economist, has no place.
If there is one thing I find it difficult to have Christian patience with, it is a quibbler.
You are a quibbler, I vow; but I would not hear your worst enemy accuse you of being orthodox.
1610s, "a pun, a play on words," probably a diminutive of obsolete quib "evasion of point at issue," based on an overuse of Latin quibus? in legal jargon, which supposedly gave it the association with trivial argument. Meaning "equivocation, evasion of the point" is attested from 1660s.
"equivocate, evade the point, turn from the point in question or the plain truth," 1650s, from quibble (n.). Earlier "to pun" (1620s). Related: Quibbled; quibbling.