from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
- noun A trivial matter or minor concern raised in arguing or finding fault.
- noun Archaic A pun.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A start or turn from the point in question, or from plain truth; an evasion; a prevarication.
- noun A pun; a trivial conceit.
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- intransitive verb 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 verb To pun; to practice punning.
- noun A shift or turn from the point in question; a trifling or evasive distinction; an evasion; a cavil.
- noun A pun; a low conceit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A trivial or minor
complaint, objectionor argument.
- verb intransitive To
complainor arguein a trivialor pettymanner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
- verb argue over petty things
- noun an evasion of the point of an argument by raising irrelevant distinctions or objections
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
As 'teleonomy' was specifically coined (Pittendrigh, 1958) to distinguish between actual and apparent purpose, the quibble is appropriate.
My only slight quibble is the concept of her meeting a client at a pre-arranged time.
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.
My only quibble is that the two best teams in the conference — San Jose and Detroit — don't have a starter.
The biggest quibble is with his wowzer “mass upper class”.
The only quibble is that I think she takes better care of her soldiers than Grant. rea says:
Main quibble: “After the harvest there will not be masses of grapes left to rot on the vine.”
My only quibble is that not many people would know its meaning and is not as consistent as the other named lines.
I really don't get what your quibble is - other than to have one, perhaps???
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