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squabble

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noun squab·ble \ˈskwä-bəl\

Definition of squabble

  1. :  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

Synonym Discussion of squabble

quarrel, wrangle, altercation, squabble mean a noisy dispute usually marked by anger. quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention <a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship>. wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions <wrangle interminably about small issues>. altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows <a loud public altercation>. squabble stresses childish and unseemly dispute over petty matters, but it need not imply bitterness or anger <a brief squabble over what to do next>.

Rhymes with squabble


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squabble

intransitive verb squab·ble

Simple Definition of squabble

  • : to argue loudly about things that are not important

Full Definition of squabble

squab·bledsquab·bling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. :  to quarrel noisily and usually over petty matters

squab·bler play \-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>



1604

First Known Use of squabble

1604


SQUABBLE Defined for Kids

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squabble

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noun squab·ble \ˈskwä-bəl\

Definition of squabble

  1. :  a noisy quarrel usually over something unimportant




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squabble

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verb squab·ble

Definition of squabble

squab·bledsquab·bling

  1. :  to quarrel noisily for little or no reason





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