Definition of quibble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

quibble

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪbl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quibble
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪbl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪbl//
 
he / she / it quibbles
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪblz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪblz//
 
past simple quibbled
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪbld//
 
past participle quibbled
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪbld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪbld//
 
-ing form quibbling
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪblɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪblɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] quibble (about/over something) to argue or complain about a small matter or an unimportant detail It isn't worth quibbling over such a small amount. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘play on words, pun’): diminutive of obsolete quib ‘a petty objection’, probably from Latin quibus, dative and ablative plural of qui, quae, quod ‘who, what, which’, frequently used in legal documents and so associated with subtle distinctions or verbal niceties.
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