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squabble

[ skwob-uhl ]
/ ˈskwɒb əl /
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verb (used without object), squab·bled, squab·bling.

to engage in a petty quarrel.

verb (used with object), squab·bled, squab·bling.

Printing. to disarrange and mix (composed type).

noun

a petty quarrel.

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Origin of squabble

1595–1605; probably <Scandinavian; compare Swedish dialect skvabbel a quarrel, gossip, Norwegian dialect skvabba to prattle

OTHER WORDS FROM squabble

squabbler, nounsquab·bling·ly, adverbun·squab·bling, adjective

Words nearby squabble

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British Dictionary definitions for squabble

squabble
/ (ˈskwɒbəl) /

verb

(intr) to quarrel over a small matter

noun

a petty quarrel

Derived forms of squabble

squabbler, noun

Word Origin for squabble

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish dialect sqvabbel to quarrel
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