A jibe, a taunt; a quip. Compare "quibble".
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.
1with object = "quip".
2no object To argue or quibble, especially about a triviality or in a petty manner. Chiefly with about, over.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From quib.