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QUIBBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does quibble mean? 

QUIBBLE (noun)
  The noun QUIBBLE has 1 sense:

1. an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

  Familiarity information: QUIBBLE used as a noun is very rare.


QUIBBLE (verb)
  The verb QUIBBLE has 2 senses:

1. evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
2. argue over petty things

  Familiarity information: QUIBBLE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


QUIBBLE (noun)


Sense 1quibble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

cavil; quibble; quiddity

Hypernyms ("quibble" is a kind of...):

equivocation; evasion (a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth)


QUIBBLE (verb)


Sense 1quibble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Hypernyms (to "quibble" is one way to...):

circumvent; dodge; duck; elude; evade; fudge; hedge; parry; put off; sidestep; skirt (avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2quibble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Argue over petty things

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

bicker; brabble; squabble; pettifog; quibble; niggle

Context example:

Let's not quibble over pennies

Hypernyms (to "quibble" is one way to...):

argue; contend; debate; fence (have an argument about something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue quibble
Sam wants to quibble with Sue


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