quibbling

[kwib-ling]
adjective
1.
characterized by or consisting of quibbles; carping; niggling: quibbling debates.
noun
2.
the act of a person who quibbles.
3.
an instance of quibbling: a relationship marked by frequent quibblings.

Origin:
1650–60; quibble + -ing2, -ing1

quibblingly, adverb
unquibbling, adjective
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quibble

[kwib-uhl]
noun
1.
an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
2.
the general use of such arguments.
3.
petty or carping criticism; a minor objection.
verb (used without object), quibbled, quibbling.
4.
to equivocate.
5.
to carp; cavil.

Origin:
1605–15; perhaps derivative (cf. -le) of quib gibe, apparently akin to quip

quibbler, noun
outquibble, verb (used with object), outquibbled, outquibbling.


1. evasion, equivocation, sophism, shift, ambiguity.
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quibble (ˈkwɪbəl)
 
vb
1.  to make trivial objections; prevaricate
2.  archaic to play on words; pun
 
n
3.  a trivial objection or equivocation, esp one used to avoid an issue
4.  archaic a pun
 
[C17: probably from obsolete quib, perhaps from Latin quibus (from quī who, which), as used in legal documents, with reference to their obscure phraseology]
 
'quibbler
 
n
 
'quibbling
 
adj, —n
 
'quibblingly
 
adv

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quibble
1611, "a pun, a play on words," probably a dim. of quib "evasion of point at issue" (c.1550), from L. quibus "by what (things)?," dative and ablative plural of quid "what," neut. of quis (see who). The word's overuse in legal jargon supposedly gave it the association with trivial
argument. Meaning "equivocation, evasion of the point" is attested from 1670. The verb in this sense is from 1656.
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Example sentences
Many professors say they can, although there is quibbling over the reasons why.
You're quibbling over non-essential trivia that really doesn't even have
  anything to do with the main article.
These changes-and the latest in the series will surely not be the last-reflect
  something more than quibbling over labels.
Prices rise and fall as visitors move from stall to stall, comparing items and
  quibbling over costs.
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