squabble


1squab·ble

noun \ˈskwä-bəl\

Definition of SQUABBLE

:  a noisy altercation or quarrel usually over petty matters

Examples of SQUABBLE

  1. <frightened by noise of the squabble, the cat hid under the couch>

Origin of SQUABBLE

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabbel dispute
First Known Use: 1602

Rhymes with SQUABBLE

2squabble

intransitive verb

: to argue loudly about things that are not important

squab·bledsquab·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SQUABBLE

:  to quarrel noisily and usually over petty matters
squab·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of SQUABBLE

  1. The children were squabbling over the toys.
  2. <the children squabbled loudly over who got to play with the toy first>

First Known Use of SQUABBLE

1604

Rhymes with SQUABBLE

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