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 Yes, this ugly squabble engulfing the Alabama Democratic Party like a flesh-eating virus is about its dire need for change. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: As Joe Reed, Doug Jones continue battle, Alabama Dem’s family feud must end," 21 Oct. 2019 The trade-off of parking for housing has caused anxiety and and political squabbles in Millbrae. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Housing is coming soon to BART’s Millbrae Station. The price? 600 parking spots," 18 Oct. 2019 Parting Shot Could the current squabble over future control of the Broncos be more imperfect, more awkward or more troubling for anyone who loves this franchise? Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos vs. Titans — a roundup of Denver’s Week 6 win over Tennessee," 14 Oct. 2019 These squabbles have been in the spotlight as the Wall Street Journal reports that both agencies have been engaged in a turf war over Facebook. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Senators grill agency officials over infighting in push to regulate big tech," 18 Sep. 2019 Any squabbles long since behind them, Starr continues to make music with his one-time bandmate. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 Poor riding and sidewalk squabbles Scooters, like bikes, are a sore subject for some pedestrians. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Why do scooters crash so often? Tiny tires don’t help," 17 Aug. 2019 Because the agreement provides only a broad spending outline, appropriators will have to decide this fall how much money to allocate to individual programs, a contentious process that often touches off intense partisan squabbles. Jason Lalljee, USA TODAY, "Conservatives slam Donald Trump's budget deal with Democrats as a 'spending frenzy'," 25 July 2019 In the 5-4 ruling on gerrymandering, the court essentially said that when squabbles erupt over whether politicians have gone too far in drawing district lines for partisan gain, the federal courts must stay out of the dispute. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 28: Democratic debate, G20, Supreme Court, India, Alabama," 28 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others have begun squabbling over who gets what once the prime minister goes. The Economist, "Protests in Iraq are met with violence," 31 Oct. 2019 Saturday’s talks were the first between the sides since the second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in February collapsed due to squabbling over how much sanctions relief should be given to North Korea in return for dismantling its main nuclear complex. BostonGlobe.com, "SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it won’t meet with the United States for more ‘‘sickening negotiations’’ unless it abandons its ‘‘hostile policy’’ against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden.," 7 Oct. 2019 Saturday’s talks were the first between the sides since the second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam in February collapsed due to squabbling over how much sanctions relief should be given to North Korea in return for dismantling its main nuclear complex. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Korea: No more talks until US ends ‘hostile’ policy," 6 Oct. 2019 By uniting behind a single measure — rather than squabbling over two opposing ones and splintering the vote — Breed and the board stand a better chance of reaching that threshold. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Breed, supervisors strike a deal over dueling affordable housing measures," 24 July 2019 The acrimony over Brexit, which has reached fever pitch as deadlines come and go while politicians squabble, is affecting the mental wellbeing of people from Belfast to Brighton. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019 As part of the same process of pacification, Japanese intelligence was shrunk, divided into squabbling units and focused narrowly on communists at home and trade secrets abroad. The Economist, "Japanese spies, once renowned, have fallen on hard times," 14 Sep. 2019 Willis and the exiled group members have squabbled publicly over rights to the Village People name. Allison Stewart, chicagotribune.com, "The Village People wars have ended, and Victor Willis is back, doing the policeman thing at Riot Fest," 12 Sep. 2019 As an illustration of the behind-the-scenes squabbling Saturday, one administration official said the Pentagon thwarted agreed-upon plans in Iran by using backchannels to provide Mr. Trump with inaccurate estimates of casualties. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack," 23 June 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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of squabble was in 1602

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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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