1. A start or turn from the point in question, or from plain truth; an evasion; a cavil; a pretense; as, to answer a sound argument by quibbles.
Quirks and quibbles have no place in the search after truth.
2. A pun; a low conceit.
QUIB'BLE, verb intransitive
1. To evade the point in question, or plain truth, by artifice, play upon words, caviling or any conceit; to trifle in argument or discourse.
2. To pun.