squabble

noun
squab·ble | \ˈskwä-bəl \

Definition of squabble 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy altercation or quarrel usually over petty matters

squabble

verb
squabbled; squabbling\ˈskwä-b(ə-)liŋ \

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 \ 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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The sand squabble is hardly unusual in Del Mar, where attorneys representing wealthy property owners frequently face off over seawall disputes, land-use policies, dog-leash laws, and who gets free use of the community center. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mansion owner taking sand squabble to ballot box," 4 July 2018 To Poroshenko, who came to power in 2014 after violent protests ousted his pro-Moscow predecessor, Ukraine's ecclesiastic independence is not just a matter of squabbles of elderly, long-bearded men with archaic names. Mansur Mirovalev, latimes.com, "In battle between Russia and Ukraine, even God is in dispute," 29 May 2018 The program, Richardson said, is not immune to the occasional squabble or questionable fish tale. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Roxborough man wants to catch Pennsylvania's biggest fish, anywhere, anytime," 8 July 2018 The opposition has been embroiled in internal squabbles and sullied by scandals of their own and Najib's government has been bolstered by strong economic growth. Bard Wilkinson And Marc Lourdes, CNN, "Malaysia sets election date for May 9," 10 Apr. 2018 Copeland was arrested six months later, accused of stabbing another live-in boyfriend multiple times in another domestic squabble, according to the Sheriff's Office. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "In a tequila-fueled fight, he asked, 'What are you going to do, shoot me?' She did, police say," 14 June 2018 Another neighbor who saw their squabble did it for her. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Viral videos raise concerns about everyday racial profiling," 1 June 2018 Another neighbor who saw their squabble did it for her. Washington Post, "Living While Black: Viral videos raise concerns about everyday racial profiling," 30 May 2018 But the Spaniard, despite his squabbles with the Toon hierarchy, doesn't seem ready leave St James' Park just yet and has already become very popular with the club's fan base. SI.com, "Report Claims Manuel Pellegrini Has Agreed £5m-a-Year Deal to Become New Manager at West Ham," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The presidential election, normally held late in the year, has been moved forward to the spring, leaving Maduro’s squabbling opponents little time to prepare. Washington Post, "Pragmatic candidate livens up Venezuela’s presidential race," 5 Mar. 2018 Former President Vicente Fox notably squabbled with both Cuba and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez over their human rights records. Scott Smith, Fox News, "Mexico's new president could help ease pressure on Venezuela," 9 July 2018 The two sides are expected to squabble before the WTO over that amount. Emre Peker, WSJ, "WTO Ruling Advances U.S. and Boeing in Case Against Airbus," 15 May 2018 Associated Press – Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Israeli prime minister, has long been plagued by allegations of living a lavish lifestyle with the taxpayers' money, and squabbling with staff and meddling in state affairs. Fox News, "Sara Netanyahu preceded by avarice of other first wives," 22 June 2018 Sara Netanyahu has long been plagued by allegations of living a lavish lifestyle with the taxpayers’ money, and squabbling with staff and meddling in state affairs. Washington Post, "Sara Netanyahu preceded by avarice of other first wives," 21 June 2018 The life of an extravagant, squabbling gay couple is shaken by the arrival of a 10-year-old boy, who claims to the grandson of one of the men. Kevin Crust, latimes.com, "L.A. movie openings, June 28-29," 24 June 2018 At one point in Beijing, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Navarro engaged in a profane shouting match while squabbling over the U.S. approach to the talks. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "Popularity of tariffs on China may lead to political pain for Trump," 23 June 2018 Brochin’s ad tries to link that squabbling over guns to Almond’s perceived support of developers, accusing her of diverting attention from development issues. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Ad watch: Brochin TV ad defends gun record, attacks Almond in Baltimore County executive race," 19 June 2018

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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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The first known use of squabble was in 1602

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squabble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of squabble

: to argue loudly about things that are not important

squabble

noun
squab·ble | \ˈskwä-bəl \

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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