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squabble

noun squab·ble \ ˈskwä-bəl \

Definition of squabble

:a noisy altercation or quarrel usually over petty matters

Examples of squabble in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of squabble

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabbel dispute

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

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squabble

verb

Definition of squabble

squabbled; squabbling play \-b(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
:to quarrel noisily and usually over petty matters

squabbler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of squabble in a Sentence

  1. The children were squabbling over the toys.

  2. the children squabbled loudly over who got to play with the toy first

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First Known Use of squabble

1604


SQUABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

squabble

verb

Definition of squabble for English Language Learners

  • : to argue loudly about things that are not important


SQUABBLE Defined for Kids

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squabble

noun squab·ble \ ˈskwä-bəl \

Definition of squabble for Students

:a noisy quarrel usually over something unimportant

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squabble

verb

Definition of squabble for Students

squabbled; squabbling
:to quarrel noisily for little or no reason


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