Definition of pilpul in US English:

pilpul

noun

Judaism
  • Subtle or keen rabbinical argumentation; an instance of this. In extended use: unprofitable argument, quibbling.

Origin

Late 19th century. From post-biblical Hebrew pilpūl from pilpēl to turn to and fro, to dispute; the connection with pilpēl pepper is probably fanciful.

Pronunciation

pilpul

/ˈpɪlpʊl/