from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To evade the truth or importance of an issue by raising trivial distinctions and objections.
- intransitive v. To find fault or criticize for petty reasons; cavil.
- n. A petty distinction or an irrelevant objection.
- n. Archaic A pun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A trivial or minor complaint, objection or argument.
- v. To complain or argue in a trivial or petty manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
- n. A pun; a low conceit.
- intransitive v. To evade the point in question by artifice, play upon words, caviling, or by raising any insignificant or impertinent question or point; to trifle in argument or discourse; to equivocate.
- intransitive v. To pun; to practice punning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To trifle in argument or discourse; evade the point in question, or the plain truth, by artifice, play upon words, or any conceit; prevaricate.
- To pun.
- n. A start or turn from the point in question, or from plain truth; an evasion; a prevarication.
- n. A pun; a trivial conceit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
- v. argue over petty things
- n. an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
As 'teleonomy' was specifically coined (Pittendrigh, 1958) to distinguish between actual and apparent purpose, the quibble is appropriate.
The only quibble is that I think she takes better care of her soldiers than Grant. rea says:
My only quibble is that not many people would know its meaning and is not as consistent as the other named lines.
The biggest quibble is with his wowzer “mass upper class”.
My only slight quibble is the concept of her meeting a client at a pre-arranged time.
Main quibble: “After the harvest there will not be masses of grapes left to rot on the vine.”
I really don't get what your quibble is - other than to have one, perhaps???
My only quibble is that the two best teams in the conference — San Jose and Detroit — don't have a starter.
As a teacher, my greatest philosophical quibble is always the notion that “every child should go to college”.
My only quibble is placing the bullshit noncredible blurb above the title while relegating the contributor list to the very bottom, where is will be partially blocked by many shelf designs.