quibblingly

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 (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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