Thesaurus

squabble

noun

Synonyms of squabble

(Entry 1 of 2)

an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions
  • frightened by noise of the squabble, the cat hid under the couch

Synonyms for squabble

Words Related to squabble

squabble

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of squabble (Entry 2 of 2)

to express different opinions about something often angrily
  • the children squabbled loudly over who got to play with the toy first

Synonyms for squabble

Words Related to squabble

Phrases Synonymous with squabble

Near Antonyms for squabble

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About squabble

How does the noun squabble contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of squabble are altercation, quarrel, and wrangle. While all these words mean "a noisy dispute usually marked by anger," 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

When could altercation be used to replace squabble?

The words altercation and squabble can be used in similar contexts, but altercation implies fighting with words as the chief weapon, although it may also connote blows.

a loud public altercation

When can quarrel be used instead of squabble?

While the synonyms quarrel and squabble are close in meaning, quarrel implies heated verbal contention, stressing strained or severed relations which may persist beyond the contention.

a quarrel nearly destroyed the relationship

When is it sensible to use wrangle instead of squabble?

The words wrangle and squabble are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, wrangle suggests undignified and often futile disputation with a noisy insistence on differing opinions.

wrangle interminably about small issues

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about squabble

Time Traveler for squabble

Time Traveler

The first known use of squabble was in 1602

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Squabble.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/squabble. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on squabble

Dictionary: Definition of squabble

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with squabble

Spanish Central: Translation of squabble

Nglish: Translation of squabble for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of squabble for Arabic Speakers

Comments on squabble

What made you want to look up squabble? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!