One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A jibe, a taunt; a quip. Compare "quibble". Now North American.
1with object Chiefly US= "quip".
2no object Chiefly US. To argue or quibble, especially about a triviality or in a petty manner. Chiefly with about, over.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently from (originally in plural) classical Latin quibus, dative and ablative plural of quī who, as a word of frequent occurrence in legal documents and hence associated with the length and unnnecessary complexity of legal documents<br>late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From quib.
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