Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who quibbles; one who evades plain truth by trifling artifices, play upon words, or the like.
- n. A punster.
- n. Somebody who quibbles
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who quibbles; a caviler; also, a punster.
- n. a disputant who quibbles; someone who raises annoying petty objections
“The Professional Chef" is so impressive, and its contents so wide-ranging, that it may bring out the professional quibbler in some readers.”
“(I think the title would have been better in the pluperfect: "had had" but I'm an old quibbler).”
“If I could quibble (and I'm nothing if not a quibbler!), let me add one more item on the list: Spend some money, as an organization, learning how to sell.”
“A legislative workhorse who shepherded initiatives like gay marriage into law, Mendelson is also kind of a quibbler, which can be irritating to mayors and other ambitious types.”
“It also tapped into the lighter side of the dour-looking Mr. Safire: a Pickwickian quibbler who gleefully pounced on gaffes, inexactitudes, neologisms, misnomers, solecisms and perversely peccant puns, like "the president's populism" and "the first lady's momulism.”
“The Timesobit is written strongly enough in the Safire style--in one case he's described as "a Pickwickian quibbler who gleefully pounced on gaffes, inexactitudes, neologisms, misnomers, solecisms and perversely peccant puns"--that it makes you wonder if he drafted it himself.”
“Disgruntl Ed - not to quibble with the quibbler, but sewn/sown is not a typo so much as the use of the wrong homonym.”
“Muguet, sois pas chicaneur/Muguet, don't be a quibbler”
“This "Matt" (see numerous comments above) is such a legalistic insincere quibbler that there is a high probability that he is none other than Mr. Muller himself.”
“No quibbler at the margins, Mr. Stewart even takes aim at the country's name.”
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