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[brab-uh l]Obsolete
verb (used without object), brab·bled, brab·bling.
  1. to argue stubbornly about trifles; wrangle.
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  1. noisy, quarrelsome chatter.
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Origin of brabble

First recorded in 1490–1500, brabble is from the Dutch word brabbelen to quarrel, jabber
Related formsbrab·ble·ment, nounbrab·bler, noun
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Historical Examples

  • All their debates were pacified by him; he put an end to their brabbling suits at law and wrangling differences.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.

    Francois Rabelais

  • He had his share of brabbling with intricate litigant neighbors; quarrels now and then not to be settled without strokes.

British Dictionary definitions for brabbling


verb, noun
  1. a rare word for squabble
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Derived Formsbrabbler, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Middle Dutch brabbelen to jabber
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