Origin of argy-bargyearlier dialect, dialectal argle-bargle, reduplicated, reduplication alteration (? after haggle) from argue + bargain
nounpl. ar·gy-bar·gies Chiefly British Slang
Origin of argy-bargyScots reduplication of argie argument from argue
- A verbal argument.
- There was a bit of an argy-bargy over the matter.
(third-person singular simple present argy-bargies, present participle argy-bargying, simple past and past participle argy-bargied)
- To argue.
It was used during the Falklands War in a newspaper headline to describe the actions of the Argentines (so-called "argies").
It has been suggested that the term derives from the Scottish argle-bargle.