- to engage in a petty quarrel.
- Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type).
- a petty quarrel.
Origin of squabble
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Related Wordsdifference, flap, tiff, disagreement, controversy, wrangle, feud, hassle, altercation, dispute, spat, quarrel, bickering, bicker, disagree, quibble, fuss, scrap, scene, fight
Examples from the Web for squabble
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The crowd that accumulated to watch the squabble reportedly applauded and cheered as Bieber fled the scene.An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza: Orlando Bloom Sort of Punches Justin Bieber
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Refaeli got involved in the squabble herself with a pair of near-identical tweets written in Hebrew.Bar Refaeli In Trouble With Israeli Army
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There the squabble might have ended if not for The New York Times and its then-executive editor, Howell Raines.Augusta’s Weird Culture War Ends With Membership for Rice, Moore
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Bachmann and Cain Squabble Asked about foreign aid, Perry called for defunding the United Nations.Best Moments From the GOP Debate
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October 19, 2011
If we get into this squabble you'll find them cheering the loudest and waving the most flags.Erik Dorn
She and I had a squabble in the passage; she said I was not to come in because I had my red dress on.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
As I am at present overjoyed to see you, I'll try hard not to squabble with you.Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College
Jessie Graham Flower
I was not pleased, because I wished to go to sleep, not to squabble with loafers.
The limited field of discussion huddled all disputes into a squabble.
- (intr) to quarrel over a small matter
- a petty quarrel
Word Origin and History for squabble
c.1600, probably of imitative origin (cf. dialectal Swedish skvabbel "quarrel," dialectal German schwabbeln "to babble, prattle"). The verb is recorded from c.1600.