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English noun: quibble

1. quibble (communication) an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections


Synonymscavil, quiddity


Broader (hypernym)equivocation, evasion


English verb: quibble

1. quibble (communication) evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt

2. quibble (communication) argue over petty things


SamplesLet's not quibble over pennies.


ExamplesSam and Sue quibble, Sam wants to quibble with Sue


Synonymsbicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, squabble


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)argue, contend, debate, fence









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