quibbler, n.
/kwib"euhl/, n., v., quibbled, quibbling.
1. an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
2. the general use of such arguments.
3. petty or carping criticism; a minor objection.
4. to equivocate.
5. to carp; cavil.
[1605-15; perh. deriv. (cf. -LE) of quib gibe, appar. akin to QUIP]
Syn. 1. evasion, equivocation, sophism, shift, ambiguity.

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