squabble

noun
squab·​ble | \ ˈskwä-bəl How to pronounce squabble (audio) \

Definition of squabble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy altercation or quarrel usually over petty matters

squabble

verb
squabbled; squabbling\ ˈskwä-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce squabbling (audio) \

Definition of squabble (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to quarrel noisily and usually over petty matters

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Other Words from squabble

Verb

squabbler \ ˈskwä-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce squabbler (audio) \ noun

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Noun

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

Examples of squabble in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The children were squabbling over the toys. the children squabbled loudly over who got to play with the toy first
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both of those efforts were thwarted in 2017 and Patrick blamed Straus, whose priority public education bill fell victim to those squabbles. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus forms new PAC," 26 June 2019 What DeVos described as a disagreement and a dispute (and a squabble in a Feb. 27 tweet about the West Virginia teachers’ strike) is a walkout by teachers affecting most districts in Oklahoma. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What Betsy DeVos seems to be missing about the Oklahoma teachers’ strike," 10 Apr. 2018 Passionate squabbles can erupt over a game of Scrabble or over how Jeff Bezos asserts his right to privacy. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, "Cornering the Word Market," 17 June 2019 Because of squabbles over immigration policy, the border funding was left out of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package signed into law earlier this month. Erik Wasson, Fortune, "Senators Reach Bipartisan Deal on a Border Funding Package," 6 Apr. 2019 After surviving the worst of what life in the Seven Kingdoms has to offer, Sansa understands—from first-hand experience—the futility of squabbles over crowns and titles. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Rivalry Between Sansa & Daenerys Is Gendered and Regressive," 16 Apr. 2019 An internal squabble among the Stranger Things kids? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "7 Stranger Things Season 3 Fan Theories That Will Turn Your Mind Upside Down," 22 Mar. 2019 The first two rules were passed down to owner Omar Romero by a mentor aiming to avoid unnecessary squabbles in his shop. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "Cut That Out: 11 Rules of Barbershop Etiquette," 14 Mar. 2019 Villano packs a cooler of snacks but recommends separating everything into individual reusable containers beforehand, with equal amounts of each snack for each child, to ward off the squabbles over who gets what. Mari-jane Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Finding the fun in a family road trip," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No longer would services squabble among themselves. The Economist, "Xi Jinping wants China’s armed forces to be “world-class” by 2050," 27 June 2019 Since climbing’s earliest days, climbers have squabbled over the intricacies of style related to that distinction. Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic, "Rock climbing: from ancient practice to Olympic sport," 14 Mar. 2019 If squabbling in Beijing derails that, China’s downturn could end up deeper and longer than expected. ... Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Chinese Central Bank’s Rhetoric Is Concerning," 11 Mar. 2019 In the early 2000s, the brothers squabbled in court over the amount of money that Charles poured into political campaigns and charities. New York Times, "In Jersey City, It’s Kushner vs. Kushner in a Race to Develop," 21 May 2018 The reopening comes as the city is still squabbling over the future expansion of the site, including an extension of Caltrain. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Reduce, reuse, regulate," 12 June 2019 There were opposing YouTube channels, squabbles over boys—all the makings of catfight fodder that fed tabloids for years. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Miley Cyrus Just Addressed the Rumor She Feuded With Demi and Selena During Their Disney Years," 28 May 2019 Turns out a squabbling family dinner and a miscarriage will do. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Fleabag’s Season 2 Is as Good as TV Gets," 24 May 2019 Will Hamas voluntarily let Gaza become a peaceful part of Egypt, and would the Egyptians accept the enormous disruption of absorbing these squabbling troublemakers? WSJ, "Arab-Israeli Solution Is Too Sensible to Work," 11 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of squabble

Noun

1602, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squabble

Noun

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect skvabbel dispute

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More Definitions for squabble

squabble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squabble

: to argue loudly about things that are not important

squabble

noun
squab·​ble | \ ˈskwä-bəl How to pronounce squabble (audio) \

Kids Definition of squabble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel usually over something unimportant

squabble

verb
squabbled; squabbling

Kids Definition of squabble (Entry 2 of 2)

: to quarrel noisily for little or no reason

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