[ skwob-uhl ]
/ ˈskwɒb əl /

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).


a petty quarrel.

Nearby words

Origin of squabble

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

Related forms

squab·bler, nounsquab·bling·ly, adverbun·squab·bling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squabble


/ (ˈskwɒbəl) /


(intr) to quarrel over a small matter


a petty quarrel

Derived Forms

squabbler, noun

Word Origin for squabble

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