- The definition of a squabble is a silly little fight or tiff.
A fight between two friends over who was the first to find out the name of a specific new CD is an example of a squabble.
- To squabble is to argue or fight, especially over something silly.
When two siblings fight over who gets to sit in the front seat of the car, this is an example of a time when they squabble.
intransitive verbsquabbled, squabbling
Origin of squabble; from Scandinavian as in Swedish skvabbel, a dispute
intransitive verbsquab·bled, squab·bling, squab·bles
Origin of squabbleProbably of Scandinavian origin.
(third-person singular simple present squabbles, present participle squabbling, simple past and past participle squabbled)
Probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish dialectal skvabbel (â€œa dispute, quarrel, gossipâ€), Norwegian dialectal skvabba (â€œto prattleâ€), German dialectal schwabbeln (â€œto babble, prattleâ€), Swedish dialectal skvappa (â€œto chide, scoldâ€, literally â€œmake a splashâ€).