a small complaint or criticism, especially one that is not important minor quibbles The only quibble about this book is the lack of colour illustrations. The machine comes with a three-year no quibble guarantee. 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.