1. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
Quibbles have no place in the search after truth. -- I. Watts.
2. A pun; a low conceit.
Quib·ble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Quibbled p. pr. & vb. n. Quibbling ]
1. To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate.
2. To pun; to practice punning.
Syn: -- To cavil; shuffle; equivocate; trifle.
n : an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant
distinctions or objections [syn: quiddity, cavil]
v 1: evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant
2: argue over petty things; "Let's not quibble over pennies"
[syn: niggle, pettifog, bicker, squabble, brabble]