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verb (used with or without object), ar·gu·fied, ar·gu·fy·ing.
  1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. to argue, dispute, or wrangle.
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Origin of argufy

First recorded in 1745–55; argue + -fy
Related formsar·gu·fi·er, noun
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Related Words for argufy

squabble, bicker, carp, waffle, spar, wrangle, disagree, quibble, quarrel, annoy, pester, cavil, criticize, pettifog, fence, shift, avoid, evade, hassle, equivocate

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Historical Examples of argufy

  • You're here to dig the hole where mademoiselle chooses; not to argufy.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • For what skill had I to argufy with a man of such infinite parts?

    The Ladies

    E. Barrington

  • It's argufy here and argufy there, an' while yer at that, me an' the rest av us is squeezin' the fun out o' life.

    Romany of the Snows

    Gilbert Parker

  • It ain't in me to argufy wi' 'ee, and, maybe, tear both our hearts.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • "Miss Prue and her pa do argufy to beat the band," Nancy remarked to Jenny the cook as she waited for hot cakes.

    The Little Red Chimney

    Mary Finley Leonard

British Dictionary definitions for argufy


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. facetious, or dialect to argue or quarrel, esp over something trivial
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Word Origin and History for argufy


1751, colloquial, from argue + -fy.

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