- To raise petty or trivial objections or objections based on minor points.
- To evade the point at issue by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections.
Late 16th century (as a noun denoting a subtle or evasive point in an argument): from latin quibbles, from quibilis "apt to raise doubts", from quaerere "ask".
- He quibbled over the small details of the contract.
- She quibbled over the meaning of the word in the sentence.
- He quibbled over the price, but finally agreed to pay.
- The lawyer quibbled over the evidence presented in court.
- The politician quibbled over the facts instead of answering the question.