quibble

(noun, verb)

noun

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

Similar word(s): cavil, quiddity

Definition categories: communication, equivocation, evasion

Sentences with quibble as a noun:

- He harped on his quibble about how the dark red paint should be described as carmine rather than burgundy.

verb

1. evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections

Definition categories: communication, circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, parry, sidestep, skirt

2. argue over petty things

- Let's not quibble over pennies

Similar word(s): bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, squabble

Definition categories: communication, argue, contend, debate, fence