Squabble meaning

skwŏbəl
A noisy, petty quarrel or dispute; wrangle.
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To engage in a bad-tempered argument, often over a trivial matter; bicker.
verb
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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.

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A noisy quarrel, often about a trivial matter.
noun
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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.

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To quarrel noisily over a small matter; wrangle.
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A minor fight or argument as between children, for example.
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(intransitive) To participate in a minor fight or argument.

The brothers were always squabbling with each other.

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(printing) To disarrange, so that the letters or lines stand awry and require readjustment.

To squabble type.

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Origin of squabble

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably of North Germanic origin, related to Swedish dialectal skvabbel (“a dispute, quarrel, gossip"), Norwegian dialectal skvabba (“to prattle"), German dialectal schwabbeln (“to babble, prattle"), Swedish dialectal skvappa (“to chide, scold", literally “make a splash").

    From Wiktionary