November 25, 2012
- quibble (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to talk about unimportant things rather than the real point2 : to find fault or argue over unimportant points
- How do you use it?
- We wasted so much time quibbling over the rules that when we finally agreed there was no time left to play the game.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which sentence do you think uses the verb "quibble" correctly?Don't quibble with B. Sentence A correctly uses "quibble" as a verb, but neither meaning of "quibble" fits here. The word "scribble" would work instead. Sentence C also uses "quibble" as a verb. But like A, it makes no sense. The students might have "agreed" on a favorite book. In sentence D, "quibble" is used as a noun. It's true that there is a noun "quibble." It means "a statement that deals with a minor matter and not the real point under discussion" and "a minor objection or criticism." Although D uses the noun correctly, it can't be the right choice since we were looking for the verb.